Faculty Research Award Recipients

2001: Kevin Haglin

Kevin Haglin
Dr. Kevin Haglin, Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science (Photo taken by Neil Andersen, University Photographer)

The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) awarded the 2000-2001 College of Science and Engineering Faculty Research Award to Dr. Kevin Haglin.  The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding contributions to research and support of student research during a faculty member's appointment at St. Cloud State University.  The faculty research award also honors the external recognition received by a faculty member for the quality of their research activities and their service to the professional community while at St. Cloud State University.

Since Dr. Haglin’s appointment to the COSE Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science (PAES) Department in the fall of 1998, his research in theoretical nuclear physics has literally expanded the world’s understanding of the physics of heavy ion collisions, in particular, strongly-interacting many-particle systems thought to have existed briefly after the Big Bang.  Dr. Haglin’s computer modeling and research of data generated from heavy ion collider facilities actively involves undergraduate research students who, due to his success at receiving significant external funding for his research, are paid for their research during the academic year and summer months and are provided computers for their research.  As a mentor for students participating in his research, or attending his courses, Dr. Haglin has been highly acclaimed by his peers and described as always allowing time for his students and often found working one-on-one with students.  Likewise, students under his guidance have had the opportunities to present their research at both local and state meetings and to tour prominent research facilities.     

As a PAES faculty member, Dr. Haglin has participated in two selected contributed papers and eight of his research articles have been published in refereed scientific journals that are held in the highest of standing in the field of theoretical nuclear physics.  As indicated by the Stanford Public Information Retrieval System, a database for high-energy physics, Dr. Haglin’s research publications have been numerously cited.  His research has also been disseminated during this time by his acceptance of five international invitations to present talks at conferences and workshops, his acceptance of three national and international invitations for short visits for collaboration and discussion and his presentation of eight local and national seminars.

The quality of Dr. Haglin’s research in the field of theoretical nuclear physics has twice been externally recognized and funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research at Undergraduate Institutions Program.  These prestigious and large monetary grants have, and will continue to provide, research support for both Dr. Haglin and his undergraduate research students.  The number of times he has been invited to present talks and attend seminars or short visits, either locally, nationally or internationally, and the number of times his research publications have been cited, and how quickly they have been cited, are also examples of the quality of Dr. Haglin’s research.  Per Maria Womack, Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science, “The high number of invited presentations [of Dr. Haglin’s] clearly shows his high standing in the field, as well as his popularity as a speaker.  Impressively, virtually all of Dr. Haglin’s talks at international research meetings are invited presentations.”        

Dr. Haglin’s service to the professional community is portrayed by the number of times he has refereed articles submitted to international physics journals and by his reviews of peer proposals for the National Science Foundation.

For all of Dr. Haglin's extraordinary research and its related activities and travels, for the style in which he interacts with his colleagues, and for his support of student research, he is very deserving of the 2000-2001 COSE Faculty Research Award.  As such, the students, faculty, and staff of COSE sincerely commend Dr. Haglin.

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