Gretchen Kalonji:
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2001 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Kalonji's research includes the study of the structure and properties of defects in crystalline solids and the application of rapid solidification methods to the processing of tehnologically important ceramics. She has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Paris-Orsay, the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. She received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984 and, in recognition of her work, was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Educational Contributions: Dr. Kalonji has developed multinational approaches for integrating education and research, and her ideas are being tested in Japan and China with support from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. She has played leadership roles in the National Science Foundation supported Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education (ECSEL), managing the program at the University of Washington and serving as the national co-director. In recognition of her contributions to education Dr. Kalonji received the American Society of Engineering Education's George Westinghouse Award.

Director's Award Project: The focus of Dr. Kalonji's project is on the development of multinational student/faculty project-based approaches to integrating research and education. The project is facilting the creation of a small alliance of institutions, each of which shares the vision of strategically coupling undergraduate education reform to the solution of complex regional problems. Embedded in genuine faculty research interests, the efforts takeplace within curricular structures that affecet large numbers of undergraduate students, and invoke partnerships with industry, state, and local government as well as non-profit organizations.

from NSF Event, November 8, 2001 Program