Hannu Pappu, the President Samuel H. Smith
Distinguished Professor and Carl F. and James L. Chuey Endowed Chair in the Department of Plant
Pathology, earned a prestigious Humboldt Research Award
for his more than 30 years of significant contribution to his field. The award will allow Pappu to spend up to
a year working in Germany, studying how viruses interact with host plants and the plant’s defense response.
Hassan Ghasemzadeh and Kevan Moffett earned
Faculty Early Career Development program awards from the National Science Foundation.
Ghasemzadeh, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
earned a five‑year, $516,000 grant to improve wearable‑based health monitoring technology. Moffett, assistant
professor of environmental hydrology in WSU Vancouver’s School of Environment, earned a five‑year,
$690,534 grant to study how the urban water cycle interacts with the heat generated by urban areas.
Ali Mehrizi‑Sani was recognized with the Power and
Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award
from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. An assistant professor in the School
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mehrizi‑Sani was honored for his contributions in
control and management of renewable energy sources.