Overholser, other Engineering researchers, receive Vanderbilt awards

School of Engineering Senior Associate Dean K. Arthur Overholser received the Thomas Jefferson Award during the Vanderbilt Fall Faculty Assembly on Aug. 24.

Overholser, professor of biomedical and chemical engineering, was given award “for distinguished service to Vanderbilt through extraordinary contributions as a member of the faculty in the councils and government of the university,” according to the inscription on the goblet presented to him.

“Over his 35 years at the university, Professor Overholser has employed his wisdom and skills of leadership to be of enormous service to his department, to the School of Engineering, and to this university as a whole,” Vanderbilt University Chancellor Gordon Gee said.

Also during the Fall Assembly, three engineering professors received Chancellor’s Research Awards. They were:

  • G. Kane Jennings, associate professor of chemical engineering, for his article “pH-Responsive Copolymer Films by Surface-Catalyzed Growth,” published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
  • Duco Jansen, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and
  • Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, associate professor of biomedical engineering, for their paper “Optical Stimulation of Neural Tissue In Vivo,” published in Optics Letters.