Engineering professors receive award for exceptional research activities

Writer: Kristen Sullivan

Jessica Perea-Houston, chemical engineering professor, and Steven Stochaj, electrical and computer engineering professor, received the University Research Council Award for Exceptional Achievement in Creative Scholarly Activity.

Chemical Engineering Professor Jessica Houston (photo by Darren Phillips)

Chemical Engineering Professor Jessica Houston (photo by Darren Phillips)

The URC Award for Exceptional Achievement in Scholarly Activity is awarded annually by New Mexico State University to increase recognition for exceptional research and other creative scholarly efforts. The award is given in two categories: early career and distinguished career.

Perea-Houston received the early career award. She has received a National Science Foundation Early Career award to support her research in flow cytometry. Perea-Houston was recently named a Scholar of the International Society of Cytometry, one of the highest accolades for a researcher in the field of cytometry. She is also the associate department head of chemical engineering.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Steven Stochaj (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Steven Stochaj (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Stochaj was selected for the distinguished career award. He is an international leader in astrophysics. He has published 59 journal articles and 53 conference papers. Stochaj’s research includes cosmic rays and neuron detection. He has done extensive research within the PAMELA, Payload and Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics project, in collaboration with universities worldwide.

“This is an excellent way to recognize their outstanding research in engineering and we are very proud that they are members of our faculty,” Ricardo B. Jacquez, dean of the College of Engineering, said.

Perea-Houston and Stochaj will receive a monetary award of $2,000 for this achievement at the fall NMSU Convocation in August.


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