SEC’s Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award presented to engineering professor

Pradeep LallAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University and the Southeastern Conference announced today that Professor Pradeep Lall of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has been honored with the SEC’s Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award for 2012-2013.

Lall, the T. Walter Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Electronics at Auburn, will receive a $5,000 honorarium, and he becomes Auburn’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year, who will be selected from 14 nominees representing SEC universities.

“Dr. Lall is an outstanding faculty member who is truly dedicated to his students, colleagues and his profession,” said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His work is exceptional and we are pleased to recognize his accomplishments.”

The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards, created to recognize faculty accomplishments, scholarly contributions and discoveries, were established by the SEC presidents and chancellors and are administered by the SEC provosts. The awards were first presented in 2012.

“The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards provide an opportunity for each SEC university to showcase the strengths of its faculty, who excel in many disciplines with varying areas of expertise,” said Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University and president of the Southeastern Conference. “In the SEC, we are fortunate to have professors who understand the value of classroom instruction, research guidance and scholarly contributions to the overall success of student education.”

Recipients must be a full professor at an SEC university, have a record of extraordinary teaching and have a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally or internationally. The SEC Professor of the Year receives an additional $15,000 honorarium.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, given the esteemed company of faculty at the SEC universities and the stiff competition for this award,” Lall said. “The award is a testament to the strong research and education environment at Auburn University that provides students with world-class learning opportunities.”

Lall specializes in electronic packaging and his research interests include thermo-mechanics of electronics in harsh environments, constitutive behavior or electronic materials and multi-scale modeling of nanostructures. He is a recipient of the College of Engineering’s Senior Faculty Research Award and is the founding faculty adviser for Auburn’s student chapter of the Surface Mount Technology Association.

Lall serves on the Administrative Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, Reliability Society and is its representative on the IEEE-USA Government Relations Council for Research and Development Policy. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, and he chairs the Congress Steering Committee for the 2012-2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress. He has served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration and is the recipient of three Motorola Outstanding Innovation Awards and five Motorola Engineering Awards.

He holds three U.S. patents and serves as associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ “Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies” as well as the ASME “Journal of Electronic Packaging.” He has written two books, 13 book chapters and more than 325 journal and conference papers on electronic packaging, as well as design, modeling and predictive techniques.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

(Written by Charles Martin.)

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