Published: Nov 13, 2007 3:27:03 PM
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Auburn University President Jay Gogue, recipients Mark Byrne of chemical engineering, Elizabeth Brestan Knight of psychology and Phillip Zenor of mathematics, and Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs
Mark Byrne, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received the Auburn Alumni Association's Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award at the Auburn University faculty awards ceremony in October. The awards are presented on the basis of outstanding teaching of undergraduates from nominations made by alumni and students with letters of support from department heads and deans. Byrne was one of three recipients of the award, which were selected by a committee of retired faculty.
Byrne holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering/biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University in the same specialty. He received his doctorate as a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship fellow.
Byrne teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses within the Department of Chemical Engineering and conducts research in the areas of biomaterials, medical devices, and drug delivery. At Auburn, he co-directs the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Micro/Nano-Structured Materials, Therapeutics, and Devices. He is also president and chief technical officer of OcuMedic, Inc., a drug delivery and medical device company that creates new contact lenses to deliver medications to the eye.