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Charles Ghilani
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Charles Ghilani, professor of engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, is one of the 2013 recipients of the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties.

Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.

A faculty member since 1989, Ghilani designed the bachelor’s degree in surveying engineering.

Ghilani, along with the 33 other university-wide employees receiving the award, will be honored at a ceremony Monday at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.

John Paul Martin, a Nanticoke native and a 1985 graduate of John S. Fine High School, was presented the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s highest honor award, a Gold Medal.

Martin, who earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State University in 1989, is a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Weather Service office in Bismarck, ND. He received this award for developing new tools for critical decision making, and for providing on-site weather and water decision support services to federal, state, county, and local officials leading up to and during the epic Souris River flood of 2011 in North Dakota. The actions aided in the safe evacuation of 11,000 residents in advance of the record-setting flood that damaged or destroyed nearly 5,000 homes.

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