Eric K. Torng, (back row, 5th from left) an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has provided exceptional service in leadership roles within the department, theCollege of Engineering, Michigan State University, and the broader community. As graduate director for the CSE Department (since 2007), he has spearheaded many innovative practices to effectively recruit top applicants, obtain University Fellowships and other funding for students, diversify the CSE graduate student population, build community among students, and support students to successfully complete their degree programs. Many of these practices are now recognized as “best practices” and have been adopted by other Engineering departments. In addition to service, he has contributed significantly to improving the broader mid-Michigan community. His nominators succinctly note: He achieves a great deal because when he spots a problem, he does not worry about whether or not the problem is his to solve, but instead pushes forward to find a solution. He has a consistent willingness to engage in challenges and go above and beyond expectations.
This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional institutional, public, and community service. Nominations are submitted by department chairpersons to the dean and associate deans for final selection.