This award honors faculty in the earlier phase of their careers who have demonstrated substantive contributions to the University through significant and outstanding achievement in all areas of faculty engagement: teaching, research, service and outreach. Professor Lynch is an adventurous and highly visible faculty member who works in areas that go well beyond the traditional boundaries of the field. He is routinely recognized as the top world expert on smart structure technologies applied to complex infrastructure systems. In addition, Professor Lynch is well recognized by students as one who offers an unmatched classroom environment that nurtures exploration and discovery. Students have deep respect for Professor Lynch’s technical expertise and find him to be a very approachable and genuine mentor. The Rackham Faculty Recognition Award will be publicly announced and conferred at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Please join us in congratulating him on this honor.