Professor Michael Dickey Receives the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension


Dr. Dickey holding an experimental device
Professor Michael Dickey holding an experimental device

Dr. Michael Dickey, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a University Faculty Scholar, is the 37th recipient of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension.

The Award honors a College of Engineering faculty member who has demonstrated superiority in several areas of activity that relate to NC State’s three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension and is the most prestigious award the College of Engineering bestows upon a faculty member.

Prof. Dickey earned his B.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, all in chemical engineering. His research interests include liquid metals, stretchable and wearable electronics, soft robots, photolithography and patterning, interfacial phenomena and wetting, small-scale energy harvesting and self-folding sheets.

He is the author or co-author of more than 200 research publications with over 17,000 citations and he’s the author or co-author of 7 book chapters. In 2020, Prof. Dickey was included in a compilation assembled by a team of researchers at Stanford University of the names of the world’s top 2 per cent of the most-cited scientists in various disciplines.

One of Prof. Dickey’s passions is supporting and mentoring students who want to be involved in a university-level research program. Involvement in research, combined with high academic achievement, has helped many of his students win prestigious fellowships, including two Goldwater Scholars, a Churchill Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a finalist for a Marshall Scholarship. In 2020, one of his mentees was one of 25 recipients (out of 4100 applicants) of a Global Undergraduate Award.

Because of his clear commitment and demonstrated success as a mentor for numerous undergraduate researchers, Prof. Dickey received the inaugural Outstanding Research Mentor Award from the NC State Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Going forward, the award will be the Michael Dickey Outstanding Research Mentor Award.

Prof. Dickey’s other awards include the 2020 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award, the Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award, to name a few. In 2012, he was selected as a member of the inaugural class of University Faculty Scholars.

Congratulations Professor Dickey for this well-deserved honor and all your accomplishments that contributed to it!