Faculty/staff honors: Teaching and mentoring award; three Aeronautics & Astronautics professors recognized - and state dance educator of the year

Recent honors to University of Washington faculty and staff have come from the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics, the American Society of Composites, the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and the Dance Educators Association of Washington.

Eli Livne, Jinkyu Yang and Marco Salviato of Aeronautics & Astronautics honored

Three faculty members in the UW aeronautics and astronautics department have received honors recently, two from the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics.

The institute has named Eli Livne the recipient of its 2021 Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity , which is given every four years for "outstanding contributions to the understanding and application of aeroelastic phenomena.” The award is named for Holt Ashley , a pioneer in aeroelasticity, a term referring to "the interactions of flight mechanics, structure, aerodynamics and active control of flexible aircraft.” Livne, the Boeing Endowed Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics, headed the UW’s airplane design education program for years and continues to teach and research airplane design.

The institute has also named associate professor Jinkyu "JK” Yang a member of its 2021 class of associate fellows. This designation recognizes individuals who have done or overseen "outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.” Yang researches the design and development of advanced materials and structures.

Also, assistant professor Marco Salviato has received the 2020 DEStech Young Composites Research Award from the American Society of Composites. DEStech Publications Inc. is an academic book publisher. The award honors an individual in the composites field who, early in their career, has "made a significant impact on the science and technology of composite materials through a sustained research effort.” Salviato researches the mechanical behavior of materials and structures to advance designs of lighter aerospace structures.

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Daniel Enquobahrie of epid­emiology honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring

Daniel Enquobahrie , UW associate professor of epidemiology, has received the 2020 Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology.

Enquobahrie was honored for "improving maternal and child health practice through excellence in teaching; training in the use of data, epidemiologic methods and applied research; and mentoring of students, trainees, fellows and early career professionals.”

"We are pleased to recognize the impact that you and your contributions have made on the health of women, children and families,” the coalition stated. Enquobahrie also has an adjunct associate appointment with the Health Services Department and directs the UW’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. He is also the associate program director of the online Master of Public Health degree program.

The awards , given every other year, were presented during the coalition’s national conference, held online Sept. 16-18.

Dance Department lecturer Etienne Cakpo honored by state dance educators association

Etienne Cakpo , a part-time lecturer in the Department of Dance, has been named 2020 Dance Educator of the Year by the Dance Educators Association of Washington. Cakpo teaches West African dance at the UW, and was also the Kawasaki Guest Artist during the 2018-19 academic year.

The association notes that "Etienne is a dynamic and gifted teaching artist and educator. He conveys joy for live through his dance work and his teaching. He deeply believes that dance resides in all people, and as an educator you get to coax that out of individuals, all the while getting them to drop their self-judgment, stop overthinking their movements, and embrace the beauty of experiencing their body in motion.”

Dance professor Jennifer Salk said of Cakpo: He gives students his own stunning and unique contemporary movement style. Etienne, quite literally, has helped to transform our department just by his presence. We would not be the same without him.”

Cakpo is also the director of the Seattle-based Gansango African Music & Dance Company. The award was presented during the association’s online conference Sept. 20.


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