On October 10, 2018, the third Morton L. Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry Faculty was presented to Carlos Crespo-Hernández, associate professor of chemistry and co-director of the Center for Chemical Dynamics at Case Western Reserve University.
Crespo-Hernández grew up in Puerto Rico and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, and joined the Case Western Reserve faculty 2007. Amongst his many accomplishments is the coordination and management of the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED, a national summer internship program that allows economically disadvantaged high school students to work with mentors on important chemistry projects.
The award is named after Morton L. Mandel, Chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. It is given annually by the University to an outstanding faculty member in chemistry – the discipline in which the Case Western Reserve alumnus and benefactor earned his bachelor’s degree in 2013.
“It’s a great honor and I’m obliged for this recognition,” Crespo-Hernández said, “especially taking into consideration the distinguished life and philanthropic work of Mort Mandel and all that he has done for higher education, Case Western Reserve University and society in general.”
The Morton L. Mandel Award for Outstanding Chemistry Faculty was made possible by Mort Mandel’s $100,000 endowment grant through the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation. It exemplifies the spirit of his 2012 book “It’s All About Who… You Hire, How They Lead…and Other Essential Advice from a Self-Made Leader.”