Faculty Profile

Matthew West

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Matthew West
Matthew West
Associate Professor
362E Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-2836

Primary Research Area

  • Dynamics & Controls

Education

  • Ph.D., Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology, 2004
  • B.Sc., Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Western Australia, 1996

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2012-date
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, January 15, 2008-August 15, 2012
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, April 2004-January 2008
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Davis, January 2003-March 2004

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Research Statement

Professor West's research interests include asynchronous and structure-preserving integrators, stochastic simulation and uncertainty quantification, and multi-scale and multi-physics simulations. He has investigated the use of computers to simulate problems with fluids and boundaries, such as droplets in an engine injector system or the inflation of gas inside an airbag.

His work has the potential to make a significant impact on both energy efficiency and clean combustion in automobiles, as well as transportation safety. In 2004, he was named a Terman Fellow in the School of Engineering at Stanford, an honor that is conferred on promising faculty.

Research Areas

  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Dynamics & Controls
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health and Bio
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and Defende
  • Security and Defense
  • Transportation

Chapters in Books

  • Lew, A., J. E. Marsden, M. Ortiz, and M. West, "An Overview of Variational Integrators," in Finite Element Methods: 1970's and Beyond, L. P. Franca, T. E. Tezduyar, and A. Masud, eds., CIMNE, 98-115, 2004.

Monographs

  • Fetecau, R. C., J. E. Marsden, and M. West, "Variational Multisymplectic Formulations of Nonsmooth Continuum Mechanics," in Perspectives and Problems in Nonlinear Science, E. Kaplan, J. E. Marsden, and K. R. Sreenivasan, eds., Springer-Verlag, 229-261, 2003.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Hughes, M., J. K. Kodros, J. R. Pierce, M. West, and N. Riemer, "Machine learning to predict the global distribution of aerosol mixing state metrics," Atmosphere 9(1), 15, 2018.
  • Ching, J., M. West, and N. Riemer, "Quantifying impacts of aerosol mixing state on nucleation-scavenging of black carbon aerosol particles," Atmosphere 9(1), 17, 2018.
  • Curtis, J. H., N. Riemer, and M. West, "A single-column particle-resolved model for simulating the vertical distribution of aerosol mixing state: WRF-PartMC-MOSAIC-SCM v1.0," Geoscientific Model Development 10, 4057-4079, 2017.
  • Tian, J., B. T. Brem, M. West, T. C. Bond, M. J. Rood, and N. Riemer, "Simulating aerosol chamber experiments with the particle-resolved aerosol model PartMC," Aerosol Science and Technology 51(7), 856-867, 2017.
  • Ching, J., J. Fast, M. West, and N. Riemer, "Metrics to quantify the importance of mixing state for CCN activity," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17, 7445-7458, 2017.
  • Mansbach, R., A. Ferguson, K. Kilian, J. Krogstad, C. Leal, A. Schleife, D. R. Trinkle, M. West, and G. L. Herman, "Reforming an undergraduate materials science curriculum with computational modules," Journal of Materials Education 38(3-4), 161-174, 2016.
  • Maginnis, P. A., M. West, and G. E. Dullerud, "Variance-reduced simulation of lattice discrete-time Markov chains with applications in reaction networks," Journal of Computational Physics 322, 400-414, 2016.
  • Ching, J., N. Riemer, and M. West, "Black carbon mixing state impacts on cloud microphysical properties: Effects of aerosol plume and environmental conditions," Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres 121(10), 5990-6013, 2016.
  • Willis, M. D., R. M. Healy, N. Riemer, M. West, J. M. Wang, C.-H. Jeong, J. C. Wenger, G. J. Evans, J. P. D. Abbatt, and A. K. Y. Lee, "Quantification of black carbon mixing state from traffic: implications for aerosol optical properties," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16(7), 4693-4706, 2016.
  • Curtis, J. H., M. D. Michelotti, N. Riemer, M. Heath, and M. West, "Accelerated simulation of stochastic particle removal processes in particle-resolved aerosol models," Journal of Computational Physics 322, 21-32, 2016.
  • O'Brien, R. E., B. Wang, A. Laskin, N. Riemer, M. West, Q. Zhang, Y. Sun, X.-Y. Yu, P. Alpert, D. A. Knopf, M. K. Gilles, and R. C. Moffet, "Chemical imaging of ambient aerosol particles: Observational constraints on mixing state parameterization," Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 120(18), 9591-9605, 2015.
  • Saghafi, M., H. Dankowicz, and M. West, "On the Use of Nonlinear Boundary-Value Problems to Estimate the Cloud-Formation Potential of Aerosol Particles," SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems 14(2), 822-859, 2015.
  • Healy, R. M., N. Riemer, J. C. Wenger, M. Murphy, M. West, L. Poulain, A. Wiedensohler, I. P. O'Connor, E. McGillicuddy, J. R. Sodeau, and G. J. Evans, "Single particle diversity and mixing state measurements," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14, 6289-6299, 2014.
  • Tian, J., N. Riemer, M. West, L. Pfaffenberger, H. Schlager, and A. Petzold, "Modeling the evolution of aerosol particles in a ship plume using PartMC-MOSAIC," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14, 5327-5347, 2014.
  • Wang, T.-C., S. Lall, and M. West, "Polynomial level-set method for polynomial system reachable set estimation," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 58(10), 2508-2521, 2013.
  • Riemer, N. and M. West, "Quantifying aerosol mixing state with entropy and diversity measures," Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 11423-11439, 2013.
  • Michelotti, M. D., M. T. Heath, and M. West, "Binning for Efficient Stochastic Multiscale Particle Simulations," Multiscale Model. Simul. 11(4), 1071-1096, 2013.
  • Lee, S. H. and M. West, "Convergence of the Markov Chain Distributed Particle Filter (MCDPF)," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 61(4), 801-812, 2013.
  • Ching, J., N. Riemer, and M. West, "Impacts of black carbon mixing state on black carbon nucleation scavenging￿Insights from a particle-resolved model," J. Geophys. Res., 117, D23209, 2012.
  • DeVille, R. E. L., N. Riemer, and M. West, "The Weighted Flow Algorithm (WFA) for Stochastic Particle Coagulation," Journal of Computational Physics 230(23), 8427-8451, 2011.
  • Zaveri, R. A., J. C. Barnard, R. C. Easter, N. Riemer, and M. West, "Particle-resolved Simulation of Aerosol Size, Composition, Mixing State, and the Associated Optical and Cloud Condensation Nuclei Activation Properties in an Evolving Urban Plume," Journal of Geophysical Research 115(D17210), 2010.
  • Riemer, N., M. West, R. A. Zaveri, and R. C. Easter, "Estimating Black Carbon Aging Time-scales with a Particle-resolved Aerosol Model," Journal of Aerosol Science 41(1), 143-158, 2010.
  • Riemer, N., M. West, R. A. Zaveri, and R. C. Easter, "Simulating the Evolution of Soot Mixing State with a Particle-Resolved Aerosol Model," Journal of Geophysical Research, 114(D09202), 2009.
  • McGraw, R., L. Leng, W. Zhu, N. Riemer, and M. West, "Aerosol Dynamics using the Quadrature Method of Moments: Comparing Several Quadrature Schemes with Particle-Resolved Simulation," Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 125 (012020), 2008.
  • Lessard, L., M. West, D. MacMynowski, and S. Lall, "Warm-stated Wavefront Reconstruction for Adaptive for Adaptive Optics," Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 25:5, 1147-1155, 2008.
  • Lessard, L., D. MacMynowski, M. West, A. Bouchez, and S. Lall, "Experimental Validation of Single-iteration Multigrid Wavefront Reconstruction at the Palomar Observatory," Optics Letters, 33:18, 2047-2049, 2008.
  • Jalnapurkar, S. M., M. Leok, J. E. Marsden, and M. West, "Discrete Routh Reduction," Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 39:19, 5521-5544, 2006.
  • Lall, S. and M. West, "Discrete Variational Hamiltonian Mechanics," Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, 39:19, 5509-5519, 2006.
  • Bhat, H. S., R. C. Fetecau, J. E. Marsden, K. Mohseni, and M. West, "Lagrangian Averaging for Compressible Fluids," Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, 3:4, 818-837, 2005.
  • Cirak, F. and M. West, "Decomposition Contact Response (DCR) for Explicit Finite Element Dynamics," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 64:8, 1078-1110, 2005.
  • Lew, A., J. E. Marsden, M. Ortiz, and M. West, "Variational Time Integrators," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 60:1, 153-212, 2004.
  • Oliver, M., M. West, and C. Wulff, "Approximate Momentum Conservation for Spatial Semidiscretizations of Semilinear Wave Equations," Numerische Mathematik, 97:3, 493-535, 2004.
  • Fetecau, R. C., J. E. Marsden, M. Ortiz, and M. West, "Nonsmooth Lagrangian Mechanics and Variational Collision Integrators," SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 2:3, 381-416, 2003.
  • Lew, A., J. E. Marsden, M. Ortiz, and M. West, "Asynchronous Variational Integrators," Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 167:2, 85-146, 2003.
  • Marsden, J. E., S. Pekarsky, S. Shkoller, and M. West, "Variational Methods, Multisymplectic Geometry and Continuum Mechanics," Journal of Geometry and Physics, 38:3-4, 253-284, 2001.
  • Marsden, J. E. and M. West, "Discrete Mechanics and Variational Integrators," Acta Numerica, 10, 357-514, 2001.
  • Kane, C., J. E. Marsden, M. Ortiz, and M. West, "Variational Integrators and the Newmark Algorithm for Conservative and Dissipative Mechanical Systems," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 49:10, 1295-1325, 2000.
  • Allingham, D., M. West, and A. I. Mees, "Wavelet Reconstruction of Nonlinear Dynamics," International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 8:11, 2191-2201, 1998.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Silva, M. and M. West, "Algorithmic grading strategies for computerized drawing assessments," in Proceedings of the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2017), Paper ID #19927, 2017.
  • Bailey, J., M. West, and C. Zilles, "Measuring revealed student scheduling preferences using constrained discrete choice models," in Proceedings of the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2017), Paper ID #19940, 2017.
  • Kononov, A., P. Bellon, T. Bretl, A. L. Ferguson, G. L. Herman, K. A. Kilian, J. A. Krogstad, C. Leal, R. Maass, A. Schleife, J. K. Shang, D. R. Trinkle, and M. West, "Computational curriculum for MatSE undergraduates," in Proceedings of the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2017), Paper ID #19440, 2017.
  • Roohi, N., Y. Wang, M. West, G. E. Dullerud, and M. Viswanathan, "Statistical Verification of the Toyota Powertrain Control Verification Benchmark," in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC '17), 2017.
  • Chen, B., M. West, and C. Zilles, "Do Performance Trends Suggest Wide-spread Collaborative Cheating on Asynchronous Exams?," in Proceedings of the Fourth (2017) ACM Conference on Learning at Scale, 2017.
  • Tomkin, J., M. West, and G. L. Herman, "A methodological refinement for studying the STEM grade-point penalty," in Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2016.
  • Ma, S., M. West, G. L. Herman, J. Tomkin, and J. Mestre, "Studying faculty Communities of Practice through social network analysis," in Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2016.
  • Wang, Y., N. Roohi, M. West, M. Viswanathan, and G. E. Dullerud, "Verifying Continuous-time Stochastic Hybrid Systems via Mori-Zwanzig model reduction," in Proceedings of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2016), 2016.
  • West, M. and C. Zilles, "Modeling student scheduling preferences in a computer-based testing facility," in Proceedings of the Third ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale (L@S 2016), 309-312, 2016.
  • Essick, R., M. West, M. Silva, G. L. Herman, and E. Mercier, "Scaling-up collaborative learning for large introductory courses using active learning spaces," TA training, and computerized team management, in Proceedings of the 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2016), Paper ID #17099, 2016.
  • Mansbach, R. A., G. L. Herman, M. West, D. R. Trinkle, A. Ferguson, and A. Schleife, "Computational modules for the MatSE undergraduate curriculum," in Proceedings of the 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2016), Paper ID #16940, 2016.
  • Sanders, J. W., M. West, and G. L. Herman, "Scaling up project-based learning for a large introductory mechanics course using mobile phone data capture and peer feedback," in Proceedings of the 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2016), Paper ID #17119, 2016.
  • Herman, G. L., L. D. Hahn, and M. West, "Sustaining innovation in engineering education through faculty communities," in Proceedings of the 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2016), Paper ID #16921, 2016.
  • Zilles, C., M. West, and D. Mussulman, "Student behavior in selecting an exam time in a computer-based testing facility," in Proceedings of the 123rd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2016), Paper ID #16655, 2016.
  • Wang, Y., N. Roohi, M. West, M. Viswanathan, and G. E. Dullerud, "A Mori-Zwanzig and MITL based approach to statistical verification of continuous-time dynamical systems," in Proceedings of the 5th IFAC Workshop on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS '15), 2015.
  • Herman, G. L., L. Hahn, and M. West, "Coordinating college-wide instructional change through faculty communities," in Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2015), IMECE2015-51549, 2015.
  • West, M., M. Silva Sohn, and G. L. Herman, "Sustainable reform of an introductory mechanics course sequence driven by a community of practice," in Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2015), IMECE2015-51493, 2015.
  • Wang, Y., N. Roohi, M. West, M. Viswanathan, and G. E. Dullerud, "Statistical verification of dynamical systems using set oriented methods," in Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC '15), 169-178, 2015.
  • Zilles, C., R. T. Deloatch, J. Bailey, B. B. Khattar, W. Fagen, C. Heeren, D. Mussulman, and M. West, "Computerized testing: A vision and initial experiences," in Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.387.1-26.387.13, 2015.
  • Herman, G. L., I. B. Mena, M. West, J. Mestre, and J. H. Tomkin, "Creating institution-level change in instructional practices through faculty communities of practice," in Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.419.1-26.419.13, 2015.
  • Fagen, W., C. Heeren, G. L. Herman, and M. West, "Re-engineering an "Introduction to Computing" course within a college-wide community of practice," in Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.1303.1-26.1303.9, 2015.
  • West, M., M. Silva, and G. L. Herman, "Randomized exams for large STEM courses spread via communities of practice," in Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.1302.1-26.1302.15, 2015.
  • West, M., G. L. Herman, and C. Zilles, "PrairieLearn: Mastery-based online problem solving with adaptive scoring and recommendations driven by machine learning," in Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.1238.1-26.1238.14, 2015.
  • West, M. and G. L. Herman, "Mapping the spread of collaborative learning methods in gateway STEM courses via communities of practice," in Proceedings of the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2015), 26.1132.1-26.1132.11, 2015.
  • Maginnis, P. A., M. West, and G. E. Dullerud, "Exact simulation of continuous time Markov jump processes with anticorrelated variance reduced Monte Carlo Estimation," in Proceedings of the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2014), 2014.
  • West, M. and G. L. Herman, "Sustainable reform of "Introductory Dynamics" driven by a community of practice," in Proceedings of the 121st American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Paper ID #10519, 2014.
  • Maginnis, P. A., M. West, and G. E. Dullerud, "Anticorrelated Discrete-Time Stochastic Simulation," in Proceedings of the 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2013), 2013.
  • Zorn, A. and M. West, "Multipoint extension of Pontryagin's maximum principle applied to the optimal attitude scheduling of an imaging satellite," in Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 13-716, 2013.
  • Zorn, A. and M. West, "Optimal Attitude Scheduling of an Imaging Satellite," in Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference, AIAA 2013-5254, 2013.
  • Maginnis, P. A., M. West, and G. E. Dullerud, "Application of variance reduction techniques for Tau-leaping systems to particle filters," in Proceedings of the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2012), 2012.
  • Zorn, A. H. and M. West, "Optimal waypoint scheduling of an imaging satellite," in Proceedings of the 2012 International Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation, 820-847, 2012.
  • Zorn, A. H. and M. West, "Optimal waterway and harbor navigation of large vessels," in Proceedings of the 2012 International Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation, 1339-1368, 2012.
  • Onu, K., N. Lingala, N. Sri Namachchivaya, and M. West, "Random Vibration of a Nonlinear Autoparametric System," 7th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (ENOC 2011), 2011.
  • West, M. and S. H. Lee, "Multi-time-scale Methods for Population Balance Equations," (abstract only), International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), Vancouver, British Columbia, July 20, 2011.
  • West, M. and S. H. Lee, "Parallel Particle Methods for Aerosol Simulation," (abstract only), SIAM Geosciences '11, Long Beach, California, March 23, 2011.
  • Lee, S. H. and M. West, "Performance Comparison of the Distributed Extended Kalman Filter and Markov Chain Distributed Particle Filter (MCDPF)," in the Proceedings of the 2nd IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems, 2010.
  • Beck, C. L., S. Lall, T. Liang, and M. West, "Model Reduction, Optimal Prediction, and the Mori-Zwanzig Representation of Markov Chains," in the Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 3282-3287, 2009.
  • Selle, C. and M. West, "Multiscale Networks for Distributed Consensus Algorithms," in the Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 4753-4758, 2009.
  • Lee, S. H. and M. West, "Markov Chain Distributed Particle Filters (MCDPF)," in the Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 5496-5501, 2009.
  • Kim, J.-H., M. West, S. Lall, E. Scholte, and A. Banaszuk, "Stochastic multiscale approaches to consensus problems," in Proceedings of the 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2008), 2008.
  • Liang, T.-C. and M. West, "Numerical Evidence for Cutoffs in Chaotic Microfluidic Mixing," in the Proceedings of the 2008 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2008.
  • Souder, M. and M. West, "Solar Sail Technology for Nanosatellites," in Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, AIAA-2008-7078, 2008.
  • Pifko, S., A. Zorn, and M. West, "Geometric Interpretation of Adjoint Equations in Optimal Low Thrust Trajectories," in Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, AIAA-2008-6954, 2008.
  • Lee, N., A. Zorn, and M. West, "Passive Vertical Stabilization of Two Tethered Nanosatellites with Engineered Damping," in Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, AIAA-2008-6450, 2008.
  • West, M. and M.-Y. Shin, "High-order Multistep Asynchronous Splitting Integrators (MASI)," (extended abstract), IACM/ECCOMAS 2008 World Congress on Computational Mechanics, Venice, Italy, July 3, 2008.
  • Kim, J.-H., M. West, E. Scholte, and S. Narayanan, "Multiscale Consensus for Decentralized Estimation and Its Application to Building Systems," American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, 888-893, 2008.
  • West, M. and M.-Y. Shin, "High-order Multistep Asynchronous Splitting Methods (MASM)," (abstract only), 9th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, San Francisco, California, July 24, 2007.
  • West, M. and T.-C. Liang, "Accelerated Markov Chain Simulations for Aerosol Processing in Clouds," (abstract only), SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, Utah, June 1, 2007.
  • West, M. and A. Lew, "Discrete Exterior Calculus Formulations of Nonlinear Elasticity," (abstract only), International Conference on Scientific Computation and Differential Equations (SciCADE'05), Nagoya, Japan, May 25, 2005.
  • Wang, T., S. Lall, and M. West, "Polynomial Level-set Methods for Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Analysis," in the Proceedings of the Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 640-649, 2005.
  • West, M., F. Cirak, R. Fetecau, J. E. Marsden, and M. Ortiz, "Geometric Integrators for Non-smooth Collisions," (abstract only), SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (Snowbird'03), May 29, 2003.
  • West, M., H. Bhat, R. Fetecau, J. E. Marsden, and K. Mohseni, "Averaging and Filtering of Lagrangian Fluid Systems," (abstract only), SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (Snowbird'03), May 27, 2003.
  • West, M., C. Kane, J. E. Marsden, and M. Ortiz, "Variational Integrators, The Newmark Scheme, and Dissipative Systems," in EQUADIFF 99, Volume 2, Proceedings of the International Conference on Differential Equations, B. Fiedler, K. Gr￿, and J. Sprekels, eds., World Scientific, 1009-1011, 2000.

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, TAM 542, Spring 2011
  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, TAM 541, Fall 2010
  • ASUCD (Associated Studies of the University of California, Davis), Excellence in Education Award, 2004