Drs. Howard Lee and Kenichi Hatakeyama Receive Outstanding Faculty Awards

May 4, 2020
Two professors in the Department of Physics have been honored by Baylor University with Outstanding Faculty Awards for scholarship for the 2019-202 academic year.

• Dr. Kenichi Hatakeyama in Physics won the tenured scholarship award for the College of Arts and Sciences.
• Dr. Howard Lee in Physics won the non-tenured (tenure-track) scholarship award from all schools of the university.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize the best all-around professors based on teaching capabilities, research achievement, effective community service, time spent with students, civic involvement and church involvement, including non-tenure track, tenured and tenured track faculty.

The designation represents a singular honor for Baylor faculty since the recognition comes from their colleagues.

Each Outstanding Faculty honoree receives a $2,500 cash award, a citation, recognition by his or her department and recognition at spring commencement.

"We swept the scholarship categories," said Dr. Dwight Russel, interim chair of the physics department. "It is nice to have some good things to celebrate even under the current circumstances (with classes moved online in response to COVID-19)."

Dr. Hatakeyama's research is in experimental high energy physics, and he has worked on the CDF experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois for about 15 years with an emphasis on precision measurement of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and searches for physics beyond the standard model.

Dr. Howard Lee focuses on developing new techniques, including novel active materials and nanostructures, to actively control the optical properties of nano-optical structures (e.g., plasmonics and metamaterials) for studying new optical physics and light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale, as well as advancing novel optical components with new functionality.

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