CENG Professors Awarded Distinguished Scholarship, Learn by Doing Scholar Awards

2022 Spring Commencement: Civil and environmental engineering professor Anurag Pande was honored for his teaching on stage by President Jeffrey Armstrong, left, during graduation ceremonies.
2022 Spring Commencement: Civil and environmental engineering professor Anurag Pande was honored for his teaching on stage by President Jeffrey Armstrong, left, during graduation ceremonies.

Anurag Pande, civil and environmental engineering professor, and Pauline Faure, aerospace engineering assistant professor, have been recognized as Cal Poly award recipients for 2021-2022. Each year, faculty and staff are nominated and recognized as exceptional members of the campus community. 

Pande was named a Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient, selected for exemplifying the teacher-scholar model by involving students in his research and applying Cal Poly expertise in direct contributions to the region, state and nation. 

Pande joined the College of Engineering in 2008 and has received numerous honors throughout his tenure. He is the first civil engineering faculty member to receive the Distinguished Scholarship Award at Cal Poly. His research benefits students through hands-on opportunities and strong mentor relationships. 

Anurag Pande, civil and environmental engineering professor and Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient
Anurag Pande, civil and environmental engineering professor and Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient

Pande has secured more than 30 externally funded research grants totaling more than $2.5 million. His support for student research has resulted in 18 publications co-authored with his students. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida. 

Faure was named a Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipient. Her project, ETOILES PowerSat, is described as “a small but mighty spacecraft to tackle climate change.” Faure works closely with a group of 49 students for the project, which is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s CubeSat Launch Initiative

Pauline Faure demonstrating the use of a handheld antenna to a student
Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipient Pauline Faure demonstrating the use of a handheld antenna

Demonstrating a Learn by Doing attitude, the students developed a product for customers as part of the initiative. They prepared a quarterly engineering report that provided the status of different areas of the spacecraft and conveyed technical information, interpreted research results, identified potential gaps in data, performed research and provided context for the project. 

Faure is responsible for guiding students to work in a multidisciplinary team, take ownership of their tasks and communicate with a diverse group of people. 

She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in materials science from the Ecole Européenne d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux, France and a master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical and control engineering from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. 

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