Presidential Honors for a Mentoring Professor

Professor George C. Lee

For George C. Lee, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, pioneering research and mentoring have always gone hand-in-hand.

At a White House ceremony November 16, Lee was among 11 individuals honored with a 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

The annual award, administered by the National Science Foundation, honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring students and boosting the participation of minorities, women and disabled students in science, mathematics and engineering. It includes a $10,000 grant for continued mentoring work and a presidential certificate.

Samuel P. Capen Professor of Engineering and founding and former director of MCEER, Lee has actively recruited and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students throughout their careers at UB, with a special focus on those students who have had to overcome significant obstacles because of their minority status.

Moreover, his efforts have exposed thousands of area high school students from underrepresented groups to new opportunities through targeted science and engineering programs.