C. F. Jeff Wu, Professor and Coca Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), Georgia Institute of Technology, has been honored with Sigma Xi’s Monie A. Ferst Award. This national-level award, sponsored by Georgia Tech’s Sigma Xi chapter, recognizes those who have made notable contributions to the motivation and encouragement of research through education. 

Wu’s dedication to educating future researchers can be seen throughout his distinguished academic career. He has supervised 49 doctoral students, 35 of whom teach in major research departments or institutions in statistics, engineering, and business around the globe. Wu’s nomination letter noted that “Dr. Wu has influenced multiple generations of researchers and students through his devoted teaching and mentoring. […] His students would agree on one thing: Dr. Wu is more than a research advisor. He remains in their lives as a mentor, friend, and guide even after graduation.”

“This award came as a pleasant surprise and gives me consolation during this difficult time,” said Wu. “Educating and mentoring students is like polishing diamonds—it takes patience and effort, and the whole process is inspiring and rewarding.”

As well as this prestigious honor, Wu recently received the Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor Georgia Tech can bestow on a faculty member.