FAMU recognizes engineering researcher for commitment to excellence

Tarik Dickens, associate professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and Syreeta Tilghman, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), were both honored with the 2018-2019 Florida A&M University Emerging Researcher Award.

They were honored at a luncheon on Sept. 2, 2019, at the university. 

Associate professor Tarik Dickens with his father on left and engineering Dean Murray Gibson on right

In all, FAMU honored 10 faculty members and President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. for their commitment to research excellence. It is a tradition for the university to recognize principal investigators and faculty for their unique and outstanding work during a luncheon at the beginning of the fall semester.
“Every year, I look forward to congratulating faculty who are conducting groundbreaking research while securing funding that is needed to support students who will become the next generation of researchers and who will have major impacts throughout Florida and the world,” Robinson said.

Dickens’ research focuses on industrial and manufacturing engineering, specifically advanced additive manufacturing. He is involved in several grant-funded research projects, including those funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dickens is the associate director of the NSF CREST CoManD Center, which focuses on additive manufacturing technology development. 

The Emerging Researcher Award is set aside for those faculty in assistant or associate professor positions who are making leadership headway in their discipline. It comes with a one-time cash award to the individual researchers.