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Leo, Xu win Virginia Tech College of Engineering awards

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering announced awards to faculty on 5 May.

Don Leo, long-time program chair and symposium organizer of SPIE's Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring symposium and author of numerous SPIE papers, has been awarded a Dean's Award for Research Excellence. Leo, a professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, is a recognized leader in the field of smart materials, the announcement said. He is the author of a recently published book on smart materials systems along with 60 research papers and more than 120 peer-reviewed and conference publications. His interdisciplinary work has led to a five-year multidisciplinary University Research Initiative award from the Army Research Office. He also has secured several large awards from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Yong Xu, program committee member, session chair, and author at SPIE's Photonics West symposium for several years, received one of five Outstanding New Assistant Professor Awards. Papers by Xu, of the college's electrical and computer engineering faculty, have received an outstanding number of citations, according to the announcement. Xu works in the field optical devices and nanophotonics and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.