Engineering Faculty Garner Campus-Wide Awards

Bernard Choi and Michael Green honored for teaching excellence

The Senate Council on Student Experience (CSE) and the Division of Undergraduate Education honored faculty and graduate students for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the 14th annual “Celebration of Teaching” event on May 31, 2007.  In addition to campus-wide awards for outstanding faculty, each dean recognized a Senate faculty member for teaching excellence.  The Henry Samueli School of Engineering professor recognized was Michael Green, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Green's current research is in analog/mixed-signal integrated circuit design, particularly for applications in high-speed broadband communications.  His work in this field has significantly impacted the efficacy of the infrastructure of optical communication networks, including the development of the first complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits used in optical communications that operate at 10 Gigabits per second.  His other areas of expertise include design of integrated filters and theory of nonlinear circuits.

Green has won numerous awards, including the Guillemin-Cauer award for the best paper appearing in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems in 1993, and the W.R.G. Baker prize for the most outstanding paper appearing in any IEEE publication in 1993.  He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley, and a master’s and Ph.D. degree from UCLA in electrical engineering.

Bernard Choi, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was also recently honored and recognized for his exceptional contributions in education.  For the eleventh consecutive year, eighteen students and faculty members, one from each school, were commended for their creativity and outstanding contributions to undergraduate research with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, sponsored by Chancellor Michael V. Drake, M.D., at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium in May.  Choi was selected as The Henry Samueli School of Engineering recipient of the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for the distinguished fostering of undergraduate research.

Choi’s research interests include the development and application of in vivo optical imaging methods for novel therapy discovery, with current collaborations in dermatology and neurobiology.  He also leads research efforts on the use of chemical agents to reduce the optical scattering of biological tissue.

Choi received his B.Sc. degree from NorthwesternUniversity, and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. After completing an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Fellowship at UC Irvine, he was appointed as an assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Department of Surgery, Beckman Laser Institute.