Dr. David Ji has been awarded the 2018 Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.
Dr. Ji is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. His research focuses on the development of new energy storage chemistries and works to illuminate basic structure-property correlation at atomic and nanometric scales for charge-storage materials. Dr. Ji currently leads the effort to establish an Energy Frontier Research Center at OSU including six institutions and national labs.
Many publications by Dr. Ji include a number of significant “firsts” in his field, including the first graphite anode in potassium-ion batteries (KIBs, JACS, 2015), the first demonstration of reversible electrochemical hydronium-ion storage in a battery electrode (ACIE, 2017), and the topochemistry for the first rocking-chair ammonium-ion batteries (ACIE, 2017).
After training more than five postdoctoral researchers, three went on to become professors after being inspired by his character and passion for research. Creative, hardworking, optimistic and patient, Dr. Ji’s infectious optimism drives his postdoctoral charges with the belief, “there are no bad results, only unexpected results.” With a strong commitment to the research process, Dr. Ji has developed a proud, cohesive team from across the world.
Dr. Kagan Tumer has been awarded the 2017 Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.
Dr. Tumer is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and also Director of the Robotics Graduate Program. His research focuses on the science of coordination, and in particular on multi-agent intelligent systems that need to coordinate to solve complex tasks in dynamic and stochastic environments. This work has resulted in systems with hundreds of robots, or thousands of airplanes, or tens of thousands of sensors to operate optimally, based on local information, in a way that would be impossible without his algorithms.
Dr. Tumer is noted for his diversity and inclusion efforts and establishing postdocs in leadership roles in grants and projects. His postdocs are well supported and, in turn, act as mentors for students in the lab. Dr. Tumer has generously supported postdocs in networking activities providing them with contacts that have proved valuable in their professional lives.
Dr. Chris Hagen has been awarded the 2016 Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.
An assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, Dr. Hagen studies the performance of unconventional fuels in advanced internal combustion engines at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon.
The Graduate School awards the Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award once a year to the faculty member who exemplifies the role of a mentor and who has provided exceptional mentoring to one or more postdoctoral scholars during the previous year.
Dr. Hagen was nominated and selected for his success in creating a challenging, yet supportive, environment for his postdocs at a very early stage of his career. His postdocs emphasized Dr. Hagen's collaborative approach to the mentor role, his ability to treat his postdocs as equals, and willingness to involve them in roles beyond the standard job description, such as grant writing, teaching courses, and mentoring graduate students. Dr Hagen has exemplified what it means to be an advocate for postdocs by also supporting them in their professional development, and helping them develop their job interview skills. Both postdocs have accepted permanent positions of their choice and credit a significant part of their success to Dr. Hagen.
The Graduate School is pleased to announce Dr. Tom Dietterich as the winner of the 2015 Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.
Dr. Dietterich is a distinguished professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is one of the founders of the field of Machine Learning.
The Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award is awarded annually to the faculty member who best exemplifies the role of a mentor and who has provided exceptional mentoring to one or more postdoctoral scholars during the previous year.
Dr. Dietterich was nominated and selected for his commitment to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect with the postdocs under his supervision. His approach strikes a balance of support and expectations. His strong commitment to postdoc professional development exemplifies his record of excellence in postdoctoral mentoring.