Harpa, Ingunn and Andrei received the annual RU Awards


Ari Kristinn Jónsson, RU rector, Harpa Lind, Ingunn and Halldór at the award ceremony in the Sun. 

Every year RU rewards three members of staff for outstanding achievements in their fields. The awards are given out in three categories: the RU Teaching Awards, the RU Service Awards and the RU Research Awards. The awards go out to employees who are considered to have excelled in development, research, teaching and service to students.

RU Service Award   

The 2016 award for service went to Harpa Lind Guðbrandsdóttir, secretary for student registry. Teaching Affairs and Registry oversees all information pertaining to students, for example, their course history, course registrations and withdrawals, and grade registration. RU students send in nominations for the service awards, many of which described Harpa Lind as being known for answering enquiries quickly and in a thorough and patient manner. 

RU Teaching Awards

The recipient of the 2016 Teaching Award was Ingunn Gunnarsdóttir, a teacher of mathematics. Selection for the teaching award is based on teaching reviews, the use of new methods and information technology among other factors. In their nominations, staff and students described Ingunn as having exceptionally good reputation among students, an ambition for quality in teaching while also being demanding of her students. Submission of exam and project evalutions are exemplary and she has a great relationship with her students.

RU Research Awards

Andrei Manolescu was awarded the RU 2016 Research Awards. Andrei is a professor at the School of Science and Engineering. His main field of research is nanotechnology. Nominations for the research awards are based on publications in peer-reviewed oulets, the application of research with industry and the community, participation in the development of research centers, and more. Andrei is a very experienced researcher and for instance has been cited over 14.000 times according to Google Scholar. He has received funding from competitive research funds and worked with a number of scientists from Iceland and other countries. 

Andrei Manolescu is currently conducting his research at West Virginia University and therefore could not receive the award in person. Halldór Svavarsson, chairman of the Research Council for RU's School of Science and Engineering, accepted the award on his behalf.