An innovative faculty member in the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has been selected as the recipient of the College Council’s 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.
Associate Professor of Physics Feng Hong, Ph.D., will be among those recognized at the College’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.
Students and faculty members have praised Hong for his advanced mastery of the field of physics in addition to his ability to make it tangible for his students.
“Dr. Hong is one our most accomplished and supportive faculty members,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “Physics is a foundational topic for all of the engineering technology curricula. Dr. Hong helps students acquire the knowledge and ability necessary for their career-driven fields of study.”
In addition to his teaching accolades, Hong has been integral in introducing the global community to SUNY Canton by serving as the Chinese program coordinator. He also worked as a liaison to students in the SUNY China 150 program and helped them learn adapt to college life in Canton. Many of his colleagues noted his countless hours of dedication to his volunteer work.
“His efforts and dedication have helped SUNY Canton meet with several potential partner institutions in China,” said Ryan P. Deuel, the college’s chief of staff. “He has helped to draw visiting scholars from China to the campus, helping SUNY Canton become a more culturally diverse and internationalized institution.”
Hong has also worked on numerous grant proposals on behalf of the College for the National Science Foundation including, Women in Engineering Day, a solar energy research project for Girl Scouts funded through Corning Foundation, and a program for the Salmon River School District exposing students to science, technology, and math.
“Anyone who has had the honor of working with Dr. Hong knows that he exceeds all expectations for any given task,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, director of the early childhood program and Hong’s colleague. “He is passionate about the education of his students, his field of study, his colleagues, and SUNY Canton.”
He received his bachelor of science degree in physics from Zhejiang University in China in 1986 and went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Dakota State University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. While at North Dakota State, Hong worked as a research assistant, a lab instructor, and served as a BRIN Graduate Teaching Internship Fellow, teaching both physical science and tutored mathematics at Fort Berthold Community College.
Upon graduation from North Dakota State, he served as a postdoctoral research associate in the chemistry department at Washington State University until July 2005 when he began his work with SUNY Canton. He has won four golden apple awards from incoming Phi Theta Kappa honor society students denoting his excellence as an educator.
Hong lives in Potsdam with his wife Yimei Zhu, they have one daughter, Kaelynn.
The Distinguished Faculty Award is given annually to a current member of the SUNY Canton faculty who demonstrates a mastery of subject matter, effectiveness in teaching, the ability to contribute to the College in a scholarly way, a commitment to the College, and a desire to continue growing professionally. Hong is the 30th recipient of the award.
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