The Alexander Prize is named for former UT president and now US Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, to recognize superior teaching and distinguished scholarship.
S. Kamrul Islam
Since S. Kamrul Islam joined the UT faculty in 1999 as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, it has been impossible to separate his consistent excellence in teaching from his growing record of outstanding research. Islam has received numerous research grants while at UT, and has worked with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, and the Office of Naval Research. He is also leading efforts by UT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop a research program involving electronics, technology, and sensors. To help recruit underrepresented engineering and science students, Islam has been involved with the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program and has mentored undergraduate students since 2004. He has also employed more than twenty undergraduates as research assistants over the past fourteen years. He has received such honors as the John W. Fisher Professorship, the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award.