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Penn State Honors and Awards

Penn State awards various awards and honors to faculty based on achievement that focuses on evidence of the superior scholarly or creative accomplishments. The title of Evan Pugh University Professor is the highest distinction that the University can bestow upon a faculty member, and faculty are selected because they have displayed the courage to pioneer in his or her field, the discipline to remain at the forefront of research, and the generosity of spirit to share these accomplishments with students.

The title of Distinquished Professor is bestowed on full-time faculty members who hold the rank of professor and are acknowledged leaders in their fields of research or creative activity; demonstrate significant leadership in raising the University's standards in teaching, research, or creative activity and service; and exhibit excellent teaching skills.

Faculty Scholar Medals are given in recognition of scholarly excellence demonstrated by a single contribution or series of contributions focusing on a coherent theme. 

Evan Pugh University Professors

  • Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
  • Katherine Freeman, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
  • James Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences

Distinguished Professors

  • Susan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences
  • William Brune, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology
  • Derek Elsworth, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering
  • Zi-Kui Liu, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology
  • Gary Messing, Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering
  • Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy and Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering
  • Chunshan Song, Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science

Faculty Scholar Medals

  • James Adair, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
  • Susan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences
  • Long-Qing Chen, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Tarasankar DebRoy, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Venkatraman Gopalan, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • James Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
  • Alan MacEachren, Professor of Geography
  • Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy
  • Clive Randall, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chunshan Song, Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science
  • Qing Wang, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Fuqing Zhang, Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Karl Zimmerer, Professor of Geography