Sharon Huo wins TTU's 2009 Brown-Henderson Award
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2009) — Sharon Huo, Tenneseee Tech University civil engineering interim chairperson and professor, sends students into the workforce who possess confidence and skills, and what she receives in return is praise from the professional community and student admiration.
For such an influence on students and the engineering community classroom, Huo was named this year’s Brown-Henderson Award winner. The award honors outstanding performance in teaching and research or service and carries the names of TTU’s College of Engineering Dean Emeritus James Seay Brown and James Henderson, the college's first dean.
Huo’s student evaluations and their comments during exit interviews reveal her positive influence on graduates.
“She routinely devotes a significant amount of her personal time on evenings and weekends to enable student success by providing guidance for student competition teams and outreach to female students in local schools,” said David Huddleston, TTU’s interim College of Engineering chairperson.
In fact, Huo has worked for several years with female students from middle and high schools providing hands-on learning in science and engineering. She developed activities, including “concrete art” and “building a highway bridge model,” to introduce young women to different civil engineering disciplines.
Recognized as one of the best instructors, student advisers and researchers in her department, Huo is also one of the most productive members when measured by publications, external funding and graduate degrees awarded.
Highly respected by her primary research sponsor, the Tennessee Department of Transportation bridge division, she’s developed sustained external funding for her work on the structural engineering of bridges. Several recent papers on the live load distribution for bridge beam design led to positive feedback from the bridge community and a simplified method that became a cornerstone for new procedures in specifications.
In the past decade, Huo has authored 18 peer-reviewed publications and 12 conference proceedings articles.
“Her experience, personality, intellectual ability, and motivation have enabled her to provide leadership to the department throughout her career,” said Huddleston.
Huo received her bachelor’s and maser’s degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University and her doctorate in civil engineering for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Last year's Brown-Henderson Award winner was TTU’s chemical engineering chairperson Pedro Arce.