Five Syracuse University faculty and staff members received Chancellor's Citations for Excellence at an awards ceremony in their honor Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management building.
The Chancellor's Citations recognized the five individuals for faculty excellence and scholarly distinction, for academic access and support and for engaging the world, the three tenets of SU's Scholarship in Action vision.
This year's honorees were Shobha K. Bhatia, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science; Sari Knopp Biklen, professor and chair of the Cultural Foundations of Education program in the School of Education; Susan E. Donovan, SU dean of admissions; Tula Goenka, associate professor of television-radio-film in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication; and Gary M. Radke, Dean's Professor of the Humanities in The College of Arts and Sciences.
Shobha K. Bhatia
Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction
As a civil engineer and a professor, Bhatia has undertaken groundbreaking work that has paved the way for new thinking and innovative practices in the engineering field, distinguishing herself as a scholar and teacher, both at the University and internationally.
Bhatia specializes in both geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering. For the past 20 years, she has engaged in broad research on topics ranging from the material characterization of soils to the application of geosynthetics and natural materials in waste containment, road and building construction, and erosion control. Her work, research techniques and tools have been utilized and emulated by scientists and practitioners in engineering and non-engineering fields.
Bhatia's innovative work includes integrating globalization and social justice issues into collaborative research performed with professors from other disciplines. She recently participated in a research project in India that seeks to combine engineering with public policy to create sustainable opportunities as well as provide environmentally safe products for indigenous people.