Kudos: Excellence in Engineering, Athletics Communications, and Volunteering

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Honors go to Dartmouth’s Bender, Li, Mansell, Salvas, and Simpson.

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(Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Kudos is an occasional column that recognizes Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff who have received awards or other honors. Did you or a colleague recently receive an award or honor? Please tell us about itdartmouth.news@dartmouth.edu.


Assistant Professor of Engineering Yan Li has received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ORR Early Career Award, which recognizes early career research excellence in the areas of experimental, computational, or theoretical fatigue, fracture or creep. In her research, which focuses on the mechanics of advanced materials and involves multiscale, multiphysics modeling, Li uses integrated computational and experimental approaches to develop next-generation material design. “I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from ASME,” she says. “This vibrant community has provided me an invaluable opportunity to advance my career by leveraging my expertise through research, educational, and synergistic activities.”


Dartmouth Athletics claimed three awards this year—from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)—for work deemed “Best in the Nation” in the University Division. The awards recognized work created within the department’s varsity athletics communications office—the program developed for the football team’s game against Princeton played at Yankee Stadium and the hockey game programs. The 80-plus page program designed for the Nov. 9 game in The Bronx bested Kansas State’s football yearbook for the top spot in the nation in the category. Pat Salvas, the associate director of varsity athletics communications, was honored for his graphic design work on the football and hockey programs. Director of Varsity Athletics Communications Rick Bender and Varsity Athletics Communications Assistant Cindi Mansell were also honored for their contributions to the football program.


Granite United Way has given its 2020 Volunteer Award to Mimi Simpson, Tuck ’89, executive director of the Office of the President. The organization says Simpson, who has been a member of the United Way’s campaign cabinet and volunteered for the group’s Day of Caring event, was “a natural choice” for the award. “I started giving to the United Way when I first came to Dartmouth with my young family some 20-plus years ago,” says Simpson. “I am thankful to the United Way for opening my eyes to those who are less fortunate, and eventually pointing me to some wonderful volunteer activities.”

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