September 26, 2008

Dr. Su-Seng Pang, Jack Holmes Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the National Faculty/Administrator Role Model Award, sponsored by Minority Access, Inc.  He is one of five recipients in the nation who were honored with this prestigious award during the “Ninth National Role Models Conference,” held in Washington, D.C. on September 26-29, 2008.  Dr. Pang was nominated by Dr. Isiah M. Warner, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at LSU.

The following is Pang’s citation at the award banquet: “Dr. Pang received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 1987. He is a Fellow of three professional societies: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

Since 2001, Pang has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives. One of the missions of the Office of Strategic Initiatives is to integrate education, research, and service in order to create a supportive educational environment for undergraduate students, especially for minorities.

Pang has received 33 awards since 1996; many of them at the national level. These include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring at the White House; Tibbetts Award for SBIR Model of Excellence at the White House; AAAS National Mentor Award; ASEE National Minorities in Engineering Award; ASME International Board on Minorities and Women Award; ACAP Distinguished Achievement Award; AACP Outstanding Achievement Award; Carnegie/CASE Louisiana Professor of the Year; LSU Donald W. Clayton Engineering Excellence Mentor Award; LSU Making the Difference Award; LSU Minority Engineering Program Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Pang was also bestowed an Honorary Doctorate -- Doctor of Science honoris causa, from the University of Macau, China.

Pang’s creative endeavors include, but are not limited to:        

  • assisting in developing new mentoring activities        
  • assisting in providing funding for potential LSU students       
  • coordinating efforts to generate education/training grants to support undergraduate students        
  • establishing a close alliance with other Louisiana universities        
  • supporting K-12 education, teachers, and students        
  • assisting in increasing the number of external awards for students

Pang has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over 100 research/educational grants during his career at LSU; 20 of them are on-going. These grants have been used to support and train hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, especially for minorities. Without his grants, many students may not be able to support their education, or complete their degrees in a timely basis. 

Through his service as Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Pang has garnered recognition throughout the LSU community, the State of Louisiana, as well as the entire nation. LSU/Office of Strategic Initiatives has received many requests to assist in education/research proposal development throughout LSU, Louisiana, and the nation, and Dr. Pang is always the key person for fulfilling these important duties.” 

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