From a homemade crystal radio receiver built as a child to a professor at a top university, Haibo Wang has always been about capturing electrons and making them behave.
SIU Carbondale is home to many cutting-edge technologies and sciences, as well as being a small city unto itself. In that environment, safety cannot be a secondary consideration.
The SIU System Inventor of the Year Award recognizes innovators who perform exemplary work in the field of technologies, discoveries, innovations, and made outstanding contributions to the SIU system during the past five years.
A veritable army of employees work together to keep the SIU campus in top shape and good repair. For two decades, Elizabeth Cheek has been an important part of that effort.
A researcher and teacher who focuses on waterfowl and wetlands management, Mike Eichholz values service as one of his main contributions to his work at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. To that end, he volunteers his time and expertise with groups that help set wildlife management policies throughout the state and country.
Ensconced in a laboratory packed with high-tech equipment, SIU Carbondale’s Arash Komaee is working on technology that might result in a new generation of surgical instruments. His efforts may someday lead, for example, to physicians using magnetize tools that can safely be operated inside a patient’s body using sufficiently strong magnets outside the body.
Whether in person, virtually, or behind-the-scenes, Richard Smith plays an important role in keeping the university community safe from cyber threats. Smith’s extensive knowledge and commitment to delivering outstanding service…
The SIU Board of Trustees recently honored Khalid Meksem with the inaugural SIU System Inventor of the Year award. Meksem, a professor of genomics and genetics at SIU Carbondale, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of seed traits and nematodes resistance.
Karen Baertsch came to SIU Carbondale nearly two decades ago after first attending a conference on campus. That Baertsch enjoys working with faculty and students is evident, according to Shannon McCrocklin, an assistant professor in the linguistics department. In Baertsch’s year as department chair, McCrocklin notes Baertsch’s supportive demeanor and a change in the environment with a goal of “working toward productive solutions to problems.”
Tarnisha Green directs the Success in Engineering through Excellence in Diversity Program (SEED), supporting students in SIU’s College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics, especially those from underrepresented populations. Holly Tugiyanto, an account technician at SIU Extended Campus, nominated Green for Saluki Pride, saying “Tarnisha goes above and beyond to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to study STEM, and she supports them along their journey to make sure that they are successful. It is quite evident in her work that she truly cares about our students and about sending them off into a bright future in STEM.”