ESE Announces 2014 Departmental Awards

Dr. Pete Kolsky accepts the 2014 Newton Underwood Memorial Award.

Dr. Pete Kolsky accepts the 2014 Newton Underwood Memorial Award.

ESE Chair Dr. Mike Aitken announced the departmental awards on April 15, 2014. The Newton Underwood Memorial Award was presented to Professor of Practice Dr. Pete Kolsky. This award is presented annually to a faculty member who exhibits conscientious dedication to students and teaching. Nominations, discussions, and a vote of ESE students determine the award recipient. This award is in memory of former ESE professor Dr. Newton Underwood, who possessed a unique ability to stimulate the interest of his students and, in a personal manner, effectively convey his lecture material.  

Master’s student James McCann, advised by Dr. William Vizuete, received the George C. Bunker Award, which is given annually to the environmental engineering student who shows “the most outstanding scholarship and professional promise.” McCann’s master’s thesis focuses on the novel idea of using air quality forecasts to help inform electricity grid models that control power generation. His award is in honor of Dr. Bunker, a sanitary engineer and benefactor of the University of North Carolina.

Kyle Onda, advised by Dr. Jamie Bartram, received the ESE Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding Master’s graduate student in the MSPH or MS degree program. Onda has been studying since 2011 towards a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and Master of Science in City and Regional Planning. He was recognized for conducting high quality research and authoring highly-referenced papers.