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Dr. Yi Pan has won a 2010 IBM Faculty Award valued at $24,000. The IBM Faculty Awards program is an international competition designed to encourage collaboration between IBM researchers and faculty members at leading universities. The program also promotes courseware development and curriculum innovation in areas of interest to IBM. To be eligible for an award, a senior faculty member must "have an outstanding reputation for contributions in their field," according to program rules.
Only 95 faculty members worldwide won an IBM Faculty Award in 2010, and only two of those awards went to faculty members in Georgia universities. Dr. Pan is the first GSU faculty member to receive an IBM Faculty Award. The IBM Faculty Awards program is part of the IBM University Awards program, which includes IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards, IBM Innovation Awards, and IBM Shared University Research Awards.