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Prof. Garcia-Sanz wins the 2012 John S. Diekhoff Award for contributions to the education and development of graduate students

Mario Garcia-Sanz, the inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation, is the winner of the 2012 John S. Diekhoff Award. Prof. Sanz is also the director of the Control and Energy Systems center. His research bridges the gap between fundamental and applied research in advanced control and systems engineering and he clearly has made a signficant and lasting impact on his students as evidenced by this award. This is a sincere tribute to Mario as this entire process, from nomination to interview to selection, is conducted by graduate students.

The John S. Diekhoff Award is presented to four full-time faculty members who make exemplary contributions to the education and development of graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. The award was created in honor of John Diekhoff, who served in several capacities during his tenure here. From 1956 to 1970, he served as professor of English, chair of the Department of English, dean of Cleveland College, acting dean of the School of Graduate Studies and vice provost of the university.

In 1978, the university created the award to recognize outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising, mentoring, and classroom teaching. Initially, the award was presented to two full-time faculty members who serve as outstanding mentors to graduate students, connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically, and actively promote their professional development. In 2009, the award was expanded to recognize two full-time faculty members who excel in the teaching of graduate students.

The award is sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and School of Graduate Studies. A committee of graduate and professional students reviews the nominations and recommends the winners.