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Lamar honors two University Scholars

Lamar University honored two faculty members with the University Scholar Award April 30 in an award ceremony at the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.  Brian Craig, professor and department chair for the Department of Industrial Engineering, and John Guo, associate professor for the Department of Chemical Engineering, were honored as recipients of the University Scholar Award.

The University Scholar Award is the most prestigious research honor bestowed upon a faculty member. The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to scholarship, research, grant writing and/or creative activity.  The University Scholar Award is a career/lifetime achievement, recognizing the recipient’s body of work.


Brian Craig is a professor and the chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Lamar University. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the undergraduate Industrial Engineering program.  Craig has four engineering degrees from Texas A&M University including the doctorate in interdisciplinary engineering in human factors, ergonomics, and safety.  He joined the department in 2001.

Craig has published more than 38 research journal articles, textbook chapters, conference proceedings, and industrial technical papers as well as presented in numerous national research conferences.  He has been involved in 28 industry and governmental supported research projects totaling more than $1.3 million.

He has received the Lamar University Merit Award and numerous Lamar University research enhancement grants. The recipient is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a certified professional ergonomist. Craig is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.


John Guo is a multi-award winning associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lamar University.  Guo has three engineering degrees including the doctorate in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University. He joined the department in 2008.

Since joining Lamar, Guo has developed unique methods to prepare polymer nanocomposites reinforced with different types of nanoparticles encompassing ceramics and magnetic metals and has advanced his research by submitting four of his findings for patent applications.

He has received the Lamar University Merit Award and several Lamar University research enhancement grants. He has received multiple grant awards and recognition from the National Science Foundation for Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI). He is the   recipient of the Northrup Grumman grant and the Baker Hughes grant.

Guo is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Engineering Consultant Services, Materials Research Society, American Composite Society and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.

Past recipients of the University Scholar Award include Jean Andrews (1998), John Carroll (1999), Stuart Wright (2000), Richard Harrell (2001), Xing Fang (2002), Jim Westgate (2003), R.S. “Sam” Gwynn (2004), T.C. Ho (2005), Jim Sanderson (2006), Pamela Saur (2007), Jerry Lin (2008), Helen Lou (2009), Daniel Chen (2010), Rafael Tadmor (2011) and Qiang Xu (2012), John Guo (2013).