Awards for Excellence in Extension, Teaching, and Research.

The Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Kelli Hoover has been a member of the Department of Entomology since 1998. During this time, she has taught 8 graduate and 4 undergraduate courses. The undergraduate course “The Insect Connection”, co-developed by Dr. Hoover, fulfills a general education requirement in natural sciences and is taught both via resident education and World Campus, reaching 450+ students each year. She has advised two student theses in the Schreyer Honors College; one of these students received the Outstanding Research Achievement award upon his graduation and co-authored two publications, one of which appeared in the journal Science. Dr. Hoover conducts research on invasive species; her projects include classical biocontrol of hemlock woolly adelgid, insect-microbe-plant interactions, and she co-developed a lure/trapping system for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in collaboration with the US Forest Service, which is used in ALB infestations in quarantine zones in the US and several countries in Europe. 

The Outstanding Extension Educator Award

Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz is a research and extension associate (working primarily in extension) in Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  He works to help Pennsylvania develop its bioenergy resources and improve energy efficiency.  His professional interests include physical and thermochemical conversion of biomass for energy production, facility analysis, energy use characterization, and controlled environment systems.  He is a licensed professional engineer, and has worked as an energy consultant as well as serving on the faculty at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.  He is the biomass lead for the DOE Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center, and coordinates the renewable energy team for Penn State Extension.  He serves as academic program coordinator for the Inter-College Master's Degree program in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems.  He is also the education program lead for the NEWBio Northeast Bioenergy regional project.

The Outstanding Research Award

Dr. Paul Smith is a Fellow and Past-President of the Society of Wood Science & Technology (SWST), Past-Chair of the National (U.S.) Planning Committee for Forest Products Research, and an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University (Pullman) in the College of Engineering, Prior to joining Penn State in 1991, Dr. Smith was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington (Seattle), an industrial forester for Champion Timberlands in Montana and operations manager for Idaho Overseas, Inc.  He has consulted for the FAO, the ITTO, and over 90 US industry trade associations and private firms.  He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, made over 240 professional presentations, and been PI on over $5.5 million (Co-PI on over $59 million) in grants.  His active research addresses markets for biorefinery value chain outputs, product-market adoption-diffusion of wood products, international trade show use and effectiveness, and reliability of content analysis in B2B promotions.

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