Arash Adel, assistant professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is the 2023 recipient of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium New Researcher Award. The New Researcher Award recognizes Adel’s leading-edge research, which the award committee said, “promises to shape one or more aspects of architectural research and practice.” Adel is the founder and director of ADR Laboratory. His laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of design, computation and robotics, contributing to resilient, sustainable and low-carbon construction outlooks and achievements. At the core of his comprehensive research is investigating human-machine collaborative processes, which tackle fundamental questions related to the future of the design and construction industries and their potential to have a broader impact on inclusive and equitable building culture.
Linda Groat, professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, has been recognized as a Distinguished Professor in the 2023 Architectural Education Awards. The awards are hosted by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, an international association of architecture schools that aims to shape the future of architecture by empowering faculty in the field. Groat teaches in both the doctoral program and Master of Architecture program. Her professional expertise is in research and design methods, which she teaches in her doctoral-level course. As part of her academic service, she has monitored more than 60 doctoral students and introduced research practices to masters in architecture students to research methods through her Research for Design Practices course.
Robert Goodspeed, associate professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, was recognized at the North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards for his inclusion of critical perspectives on racism in his classes and his research on racially restrictive covenants, evictions and public transit. “Receiving this award came as a surprise to me since I feel I am still on my journey to pursue racial justice in my work. It is a privilege to work with so many excellent students and collaborators to explore how the urban planning field can more deeply and effectively advance racial equity,” Goodspeed said.
Lola Eniola-Adefeso has been named president-elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Eniola-Adefeso is a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, and professor of chemical engineering and of macromolecular science and engineering in the College of Engineering. Eniola-Adefeso is a national leader advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the biomedical engineering community and has focused on enhancing the high standards and academic rigor at the core of AIMBE’s mission as the authoritative voice of the biomedical engineering society.
Andrew Hoffman, Holcim (U.S.) Inc. Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, has been named one of five 2023 visiting scholars at Harvard Business School’s Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society. He also is a professor of management and organizations in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and professor of environment and sustainability in the School for Environment and Sustainability. The BiGS Visiting Fellows will focus exclusively on climate change, deepening the school’s commitment to accelerating research aimed at mitigating and adapting to this global issue. Hoffman plans to conduct a systematic examination of how businesses and business schools can improve their approach to combating climate change, arguing for large-scale action, and plans to look at climate change as a systems breakdown, rather than an environmental issue.
Kristie Dotson, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, and professor of philosophy and of Afroamerican and African studies in LSA, is a recipient of the 2023 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution. She specializes in epistemology, metaphilosophy, and Black feminist philosophy. Awarded annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association, this prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of philosophy. The Lebowitz Prize is presented to two philosophers who hold contrasting views on a chosen topic of current interest in philosophy. The other 2023 recipient is Susanna Siegel, Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Each winner will receive a $25,000 honorarium.
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