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Outstanding Young Alumni Award


Current Award Recipients

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented each year by the Alumni Association to alumni under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The award recognizes the achievement of a position or some distinction noteworthy for one so recently graduated.

Kimberly L. Turner (1994) Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Photo Kimberly L. Turner of Goleta, California, is an associate professor in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1994. She received a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University in 1999.

Besides being an associate professor at UCSB, Turner is currently the co-vice chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, heading up the undergraduate program. She is also the Sensors Task co-leader in a collaboration involving UCSB, the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Army Institute for Collaborative Biotechnology.

Her scholarly inquiry is microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). At UCSB, she directs the laboratory for the mechanics of microscale systems, and she currently supervises eight PhD students and three undergraduate researchers.

Turner has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a CAREER award in 2001, and she earned a distinguished teaching award at UCSB in 2005.

She has extensive academic credentials. She is a member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; she is vice chair of the MEMS division of the ASME; she is chair of the technical program for the 2008 Americas Workshop on Solid State Sensors and Actuators; and she is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal on Control Systems Technology.

Her family boasts gold-and-silver lineage: Her father, Professor Chris Passerello, teaches at Michigan Tech in the mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics department.

Kimberly continues her involvement with the University as a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae.


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