Pratt School of Engineering Honors Faculty and Alumni

April 27, 2003

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering recognized two alumni for their achievements and two faculty members for excellence in teaching and research at the annual alumni banquet April 26 that concluded the spring meeting of the school’s Board of Visitors.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences Professor Charles Harman received the distinguished faculty teaching award, consisting of a plaque and $2,000. The award, selected by a faculty committee with student input, recognizes “superior dedication to undergraduate teaching.”

Harman joined the faculty in 1961 and teaches courses in thermodynamics and power generation.

Ashutosh Chilkoti, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, received this year's distinguished faculty teaching award. It is given annually in recognition of “significant contributions to the advancement of his or her field.” The award also consists of a plaque and $2,000.

Chilkoti, an expert in protein engineering and genetically engineered biopolymers for drug delivery, has already been recognized nationally for his research excellence. He is also the past recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society's award for outstanding research by a graduate student and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which recognizes young scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Michael Drozd was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award for his academic achievement and entrepreneurial successes in microwave technologies. Drozd is president and CEO of Industrial Microwave Systems, a research-triangle park company he founded in 1997. The firm is the leading producer of microwave-based heating and drying systems for continuos flow manufacturing processes. Drozd, a former A.B. Duke Scholar, received his BSEE and Ph.D. from the School of Engineering.

Randy Repass, founder and chairman of West Marine, received the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. West Marine is one the nation's largest boating supply chains in the nation with over 260 stores in the United States and Canada. Repass, who resides in Southern California, graduated from the School of Engineering in 1966 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

The school's engineering alumni council chooses alumni award recipients based upon their achievements and contribution to their community.