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Feb. 7, 2019

Professor Evangelyn Alocilja recognized with 2019 Beal Outstanding Faculty Award 

Evangelyn Alocilja, a professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, was presented one of the highest faculty honors at Michigan State University during the annual Awards Convocation on Feb. 5 at the University Club in Lansing.

MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt (left) and MSU Acting President Satish Udpa present a 2019 Beal Outstanding Faculty Member Award to Evangelyn Alocilja on Feb. 5.
MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt (left) and MSU Acting President Satish Udpa present a 2019 Beal Outstanding Faculty Member Award to Evangelyn Alocilja on Feb. 5.

She is a 2019 recipient of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award, which recognizes her comprehensive and sustained record of scholarly excellence in research and/or creative activities, instruction and outreach. 

Alocilja is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on nanobiosensor technologies for disease-causing pathogens. She is a faculty member in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Engineering. 

Her research combines engineering with the biological sciences to develop biosensors to keep food systems safe and the environment clean. 

Since 1993, Alocilja has generated more than $5 million in external funding with research that focuses on innovations that benefit society. 

Alocilja holds 10 U.S. patents, with several more pending or under review. In 2012, she was named an MSU Innovator of the Year and, in 2015, she was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. In 2017, she was a finalist for the national 2017 Manufacturing Innovator Leadership Award. 

Alocilja has published more than 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, written 15 books and book chapters and has given more than 200 invited and technical presentations. Her work has been cited nearly 5,000 times. 

Known as an excellent teacher and mentor, she has developed eight undergraduate and graduate courses. All of them either define the discipline of biosystems engineering and/or define the concentration of biomedical engineering within biosystems engineers. 

Evangelyn Alocilja was recognized for her outstanding record of scholarly excellence in research, creative activities, instruction, and outreach.
Evangelyn Alocilja was recognized for her outstanding record of scholarly excellence in research, creative activities, instruction, and outreach.

She was instrumental in formulating the bio-systems engineering program and was lead faculty in creating the biomedical engineering concentration. She consistently receives high SIRS ratings and has received the College of Engineering’s Withrow Teaching Excellence Award three times (2005, 2011 and 2015) and the American Society of Engineering Education Award for Excellence in Teaching Materials and Methods in Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 2003. She has graduated almost 30 master’s and doctoral students and is currently advising six. 

In 2016, she received MSU’s Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. 

Alocilja has established global alliances with institutions and scientists in Southeast Asia (Philippines, Indonesia and Japan), South Asia (India, Nepal and Sri Lanka) and Latin America (Mexico, Peru and Colombia). She is the founder of the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics with membership in 20 countries. 

Read more on:
• Other 2019 outstanding faculty and staff members at MSU
• Other 2019 Beal Award recipients 

The William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards are supported by the Office of University Development.

Story and photos courtesy of MSUToday.