Chemical and environmental engineering professor Armin Sorooshian spent his childhood running through the halls of the Harshbarger Building, where his father was a professor and head of the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources and his mother worked as a Department of Geosciences senior researcher.
Sorooshian went on to earn his bachelor's degree in chemical and environmental engineering at UA before returning a few years later as a professor.
Today, his research into aerosol particles in the atmosphere and the human body and his dedication to his students have earned him a College of Engineering Education Faculty Fellowship, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and now a da Vinci Fellowship [video].
"I feel like I've lived my life through this college, and that's why this honor is extremely special to me," Sorooshian said. "It's very humbling, especially since I was a student here, and now I'm on the other side of the table trying to give back to students."