PULLMAN, Wash. – Kelvin Lynn will receive the 2017 Washington State University Eminent Faculty Award during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 31, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.

The Eminent Faculty Award was created in 2000 to honor the career-long excellence of those who have changed the thinking in their fields through research, creative scholarship, teaching and service. Lynn, a Regents professor and director for the Center for Materials Research, is the 17th recipient of the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member.

Lynn is a pioneer in using positron beams to measure material properties. His seminal work contributed to the world-wide use of positron beams for experiments in engineering, physics and chemistry.

He is also an international leader in low energy antimatter research and in crystal growth. Methods he developed produce the crystal quality and quantity highly valued by industry, academia and federal energy and security agencies.

Lynn’s research awards at WSU exceed $30 million. He has published more than 450 articles and has more than 10,000 citations, including one paper cited more than 1,300 times. He holds 13 patents and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

He has mentored 25 Ph.D. and 15 master’s degree students in materials science, physics and mechanical engineering. His impact on these fields continues as his students have moved on to influence academia and industry at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Northrop Grumman Corp., Citicorp, Boeing Co. and more.

Learn more about Lynn at http://www.mme.wsu.edu/people/faculty/faculty.html?lynn and https://magazine.wsu.edu/2017/01/27/paths-that-grew-crystal-clear/. Learn more about the award, including past winners, at https://faculty.wsu.edu/awards/eminent-faculty-awards/.

In addition to the banquet, the Showcase celebration includes the Distinguished Faculty Address on March 30, the Academic Showcase display of research, scholarship and creative work on March 31 and other events. A schedule of events may be found at https://showcase.wsu.edu/schedule/.