Two assistant professors at West Virginia University have been named the inaugural J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellows in Engineering.
Thorsten Wuest, from the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, and Saiph Savage, from the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, were appointed to the three-year positions, which provides funds to support and grow their respective research programs.
The Fellowships are the result of a $1 million gift made in 2014 by alumnus J. Wayne Richards and his wife, Kathy. The first-of-its-kind endowment at WVU provides flexible funds to allow the College to hire, retain, reward and recognize faculty members who have not yet achieved tenure.
“Kathy and I are honored to have the ability to support and recognize these two outstanding young faculty members as they work to grown their research profiles,” Richards said. “We congratulate them and we look forward to seeing how the fellowship helps them bring their research to fruition in the years to come.”
“In a short period of time, Thorsten and Saiph have made significant contributions to the future of the Statler College and West Virginia University,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College. “Thorsten has advanced the College’s research work in smart manufacturing, while Saiph has achieved international notoriety in the field of social engineering. I believe they epitomize the types of leaders Wayne and Kathy envisioned as being Richards Faculty Fellows in Engineering.”
Noting the “supportive culture and collaborative spirit at WVU,” Wuest said he was honored and humbled by the trust put in him by WVU from the start.
“After meeting Wayne, it became directly apparent that he not only truly cares about the future of the state and the well-being of its citizens but that he is also a great benefactor of WVU, our students and our faculty,” Wuest said. “I plan to …