Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame, has been selected as the Media Legend of the Year by the Office of News and Information.
Presented annually since 2004, the award recognizes a faculty member who consistently assists the news and information staff in bringing attention to the Universitys academic excellence through media relations, the Web and other communications channels. It was presented Dec. 3 in the Notre Dame Stadium press box during a reception attended by some 100 faculty and staff.
Over the past few years, Joan has been a tremendous resource for us, particularly as a valued advisor on institutional messaging and as an expert on issues related to energy and the environment,said Dennis K. Brown, assistant vice president for news and information.Were grateful for her time, patience and insight.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1989, Brennecke is director of the Universitys Energy Center. Her research focuses on experimental aspects of thermodynamics and separations, with particular interest in supercritical fluids and ionic liquids.
Previous recipients of the Media Legend award are Lawrence Cunningham in theology, George Lopez from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Albert-László Barabási in physics.