Montgomery professor honored with Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award

Posted: Monday, 11 August 2008

TROY – A Troy University professor from Montgomery has been awarded the University’s highest faculty award.

Dr. Sunil R. Das, a professor of computer and information science on the Montgomery Campus, was bestowed the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award by Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ed Roach during the University’s annual Faculty and Staff Convocation Friday.

“Our honoree is an outstanding scholar and teacher,” Dr. Roach said in his introduction. “We are very fortunate at TROY to have a scholar of this caliber.”

Designed to recognize those who have exhibited excellence through outstanding teaching, public service, publications and research, the Wallace D. Malone Award is presented annually to a full-time TROY faculty member. Recipients are first nominated by their deans, department chairs or their peers, and then selected by an award committee for the honor.

“I am very honored and was very surprised to receive the award,” said Dr. Das, who was unaware of the being named the recipient until the announcement by Dr. Roach. “This is a tremendous recognition by my colleagues and I am humbled by the honor.”

Full-time faculty members from any TROY campus or site are eligible for the award, which consists of a trophy, a $1,500 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corp. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.

Dr. Das, who joined the TROY faculty in 2003, earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Calcutta (India). He is professor emeritus of the University of Ottawa’s School of Information Technology and Engineering, and has been associated with the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, National Chiao Tung University of Taiwan and the University of Calcutta.

An internationally recognized pioneer in switching theory and digital design research, Dr. Das was an early visionary researcher on microarchitecture and microprogram optimization. He has made significant contributions to the fields of fault-tolerant computing, applied graph theory and combinatorics.

Wallace D. Malone

Dr. Sunil Das, professor of computer and information science on Troy University’s Montgomery Campus (left) is congratulated by Jerry Johnson, the immediate past recipient of the Malone Award and chairman of the University’s Art and Design Department, on his selection for the Wallace D. Malone Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Ed Roach, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, prepares to pass the University Mace, the symbol of the University’s dedication to learning and teaching. As the Malone Award winner, Dr. Das will represent the faculty by carrying the mace in various academic ceremonies throughout the next year. (TROY photo)