2012 Awards

Researcher of the Year - 2012

Dr. Francis Ting

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Francis Ting, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, joined SDSU in 1995 after working for five years as an assistant professor and assistant research scientist at Texas A&M University and the Texas Transportation Institute. Together with his colleagues from the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Ting has established a state-of-the-art Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at SDSU for research and education.

Dr. Ting’s research has been funded by the Mountain-Plains Consortium, National Park Service, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, South Dakota Department of Transportation and the South Dakota EPSCoR program. Dr. Ting is nationally recognized for his experimental work on the structure of turbulence in breaking waves, and for his collaborative research on bridge scour with Professor Jean-Louis Briaud from Texas A&M University. Dr. Ting is successful in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research, and has co-authored many journal articles with his students.

Dr. Ting was born in Hong Kong and educated in Great Britain and the United States. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Francis and his wife, Angeline, have two children, Tristina and Ernest.

Young Investigator of the Year - 2012

Dr. Mahdi Farrokh Baroughi

Professor, Electrical Engineering

Dr. Mahdi Farrokh Baroughi is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at South Dakota State University. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 journal and conference publications in the area of electronic materials and devices.

Since he began his employment at SDSU in 2007, Dr. Farrokh Baroughi has received over $0.9M in research funds as a primary investigator. He currently holds a $432,000 multidisciplinary research grant from the National Science Foundation’s directorates of Electrical Communications and Cyber Systems and the division of Materials Research.

Dr. Farrokh Baroughi’s expertise and research interests are in the areas of electronic materials and devices, particularly photovoltaics, enhanced light nanomaterial interaction, chemical vapor-based atomic and molecular layer deposition, advanced materials and device modeling and the reliability of photovoltaic energy.

Grantswinship Awards - 2012


The College of Engineering Grantswinship awards recognize faculty who have developed a substantial amount of research and external funding activity. The criteria for receiving one of these annual awards is that the faculty member must have received, or had expenditures of, external funding in the amount of $100,000 or more during the fiscal year. This year we were delighted to make these awards to 24 individuals from all departments within our college. Our congratulations go to each of them, and we hope to present the same award to them next year, as well as to additional faculty members.

2012 Grantswinship Award winners
2012 Grantswinship Award Winners


Front row (left to right): Drs. Jung-Han Kimn, Francis Ting, Chris Saunders, Sung Shin, Xiao Qin, Qi Hua Fan and Mahdi Farrokh Baroughi

Second row: Dr. Teresa Hall

Third row: Drs. Richard Reid, Alex Moutsoglou, Qiquan Qiao, Stephen Gent, Mr. Mike Twedt and Dr. Venkat Bommisetty

Fourth row: Mr. Jon Puetz, Drs. Sharon Vestal, Nadim Wehbe, Bruce Berdanier and Mr. Ken Skorseth 

Award recipients not pictured: Drs. Fred Delfanian, David Galipeau, Xijin Ge, Dennis Helder and Christopher Schmit