Dr. Nicolas K. Fontaine Wins the 2011 Zuhair A. Munir Award

Dr. Nicolas K. FontaineThe winner of the 2011 Zuhair A. Munir Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation is Dr. Nicolas K. Fontaine for his research entitled "Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generation and Measurement". Dr. Fontaine received his Ph.D. in June 2010. His research was completed under the mentorship of Professor Ben Yoo in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The announcement letter from Karen A. McDonald, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the winner of the 2011 Zuhair A. Munir Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation. Dr. Nicolas K. Fontaine was selected for his research entitled "Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generation and Measurement" under the mentorship of Professor Ben Yoo in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Fontaine received his Ph.D. in June 2010.

The Awards Committee members want to also recognize *two* additional dissertations, as honorable mentions, one by Dr. Alper Uzun for his research entitled "Zeolite Y- and MgO Supported Molecular Metal Complexes and Clusters: Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Properties" under the supervision of Professor Bruce Gates in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and the *second* by Dr. Yu-Shen Cheng for his research entitled "Comparative study of Chlorella Carbohydrates and Associated Biological Processes for Biofuel Production" under the supervision of Professor Jean VanderGheynst in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The College Awards Committee, chaired by Professor Bernard Levy, made the selection from extremely competitive submissions submitted by the graduate programs. On behalf of Dean Lavernia and myself, I want to extend my congratulations to Dr. Fontaine, and to Professor Yoo and also to express my appreciation to the members of the selection committee for their hard work.

The award will be presented to Dr. Fontaine during the College of Engineering Awards Ceremony, which will be held on June 2nd at 3:00 p.m., in room 1065 Kemper Hall. A reception will immediately follow.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Fontaine and his mentor, Professor Ben Yoo.

Karen A. McDonald, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.

Posted: April 13, 2011

Back to News Archive...