For Michael Kozicki, a prolific engineering career doesn’t just mean spending time in the lab. The professor of electrical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University makes sure his work benefits both his students and society at large.

Kozicki’s consistent, high-quality contributions to electrical engineering at ASU has earned him the 2019-2020 Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. The award, funded by the Palais Educational Foundation, honors all-around outstanding faculty members of the Fulton Schools electrical engineering program who demonstrate excellence in research, teaching and community service.

The award is named in honor of Joseph C. Palais, a longtime ASU advocate and presence in the Fulton Schools. Palais, a faculty member at ASU for 47 years before his retirement in 2011, is now professor emeritus and chair of the electrical engineering graduate program.

Kozicki says he was “stunned” but “honored and delighted” to receive the honor, “considering the quality of the previous recipients.”

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Originally published on Full Circle on January 27, 2020