Best Paper Award from Applied Research in Immersive Environments for Learning (ARIEL) SIG of American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the paper ”A Multiple-Case Study Examining Behavior Patterns By Students With Different Characteristics In a Serious Game,” Washington DC, April 2016

Outstanding Research Paper Award from the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (Edmedia) for the paper “A Multimedia Enriched Problem-Based Learning Environment: Our Research and Development Experiences,” June, Vancouver, Canada, 2016

Outstanding Research Paper Award from the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (Edmedia 2014) for the paper “Using a Game-Based Approach to Design a Rich Media Learning Environment,” June, Finland, 2014.

Faculty Mentor, Diversity Mentoring Fellowship to help bring outstanding new graduate students to campus (Cynda Fickert), 2014-2015.

Principal Investigator. Examining the Impact of Using Emerging Technologies in Teaching and Learning. UT Faculty Research Assignment, one semester teaching duty release, Spring 2014.

Selected as Professors of Excellence at The university of Texas at Austin. [Six Professors of Excellence are selected as part of the university effort, promoting academics through Athletics, spotlighted on the scoreboard at the six longhorn home games.] 2013-2014.

Fellow in Lawrence and Stel Marie Lowman College of Education Excellence Fund, 2012-14.

2013 Outstanding Practice Award for the design and development model of Alien Rescue project (developed under my supervision), sponsored by the Design & Development Division of Association for Educational Communications and Technology, November, CA, 2013.

Outstanding Research Paper Award from the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (Edmedia 2013) for the paper “Making Learning Fun Through a Ludic Simulation,” June, Canada, 2013

Winner of 2012 Interactive Learning Award for the Web-based version of Alien Rescue, (developed under my supervision), sponsored by the Multimedia Production Division of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), 2012

Principal Investigator. Alien Rescue: Using a Gaming Approach to Engage Today’s Youth in Learning Science. ESA Foundation, 2013

Principal Investigator. Preparing Teachers and Students for the 21st Century Through Emerging Technology –Based Professional Development. Texas Space Grant Consortium, May 1, 2012- Aug. 31, 2014.

Principal Investigator. Salamander Rescue: A learning game. Ludus Project, 2012-2013.

Fellow in the M. K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education, 2011-12

Principal Investigator. Supporting Teachers to Integrate Multimedia Technology in Teaching Space Science. Texas Space Grant Consortium, Sept., 2010- Aug. 31, 2012.

Principal Investigator, Alien Rescue: Preparing Youth for the 21st Century, Dell Foundation, 2011-2012.

Principal Investigator, Diversity Mentoring Fellowship to help bring outstanding new graduate students to campus, 2011-2012.

Principal Investigator, Promote Problem-Solving Skills with New Media, Dell Foundation, 2010-2011.

Finalist of a national Learning Challenge Competition sponsored by Disney Research for Salamander Rescue, a 3D PBL learning game developed under my supervision, 2010

Project Director of UT Faculty and Student Teams for Technology (FAST-Tex) program for the project Emergent Technologies for Curriculum Enhancement, The University of Texas at Austin. 2009-2010.

Principal Investigator for Making An Engaging New Media Enriched Space Program Accessible to All Middle School Students. Texas Space Grant Consortium, Sept. 2008- Feb. 2010.

Principal Investigator for Making Technology Innovations Accessible to All Students. Dell Foundation, 2008- 2009.

Outstanding Research Paper Award from the World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (Ed Media) for the paper “Students’ Problem Solving as Mediated by Their Cognitive Tool Use: A Study of Tool Use Patterns,” Canada, 2007.

Recipient of Judith Spence Tate Fellowship in Excellence, College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, 2001-2011.

Principal Investigator for Motivating Middle School Students to Learn Science and Assist them in Developing Problem-Solving Skills through An Engaging New Media Enriched Space Program . Texas Space Grant Consortium, 2007.

Project Director of UT Faculty and Student Teams for Technology (FAST-Tex) program for the project, Creating Multimedia Games: A First Step . The University of Texas at Austin, 2006.

Project Director of 2006 COE Vision Award program for the project Creating Engaging Educational Games to Motivate Middle School Students to Learn Science . The University of Texas at Austin, 2006.

Project Director of UT Faculty and Student Teams for Technology (FAST Tex) program for the project, Developing Design Learning Activities. The University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Principal Investigator for Implementing and Disseminating an Innovative Hypermedia Problem-Based Learning Environment for Middle School Science. American Honda Foundation, 2001- 2004.

Project Director of UT Faculty and Student Teams for Technology (FAST Tex) program for the project Creating A Web Based Database Tutorial to Support Teaching. The University of Texas at Austin, 2002.

First Prize in the 2001 Learning Software Design Competition sponsored by the University of Minnesota for Alien Rescue, 2001.

Honorable mention for ingenuity in the Best Educational Application category of  Macromedia eLearning Innovation Award Program for Alien Rescue, 2001

Principal Investigator for Developing an Innovative Hypermedia Problem-Based Learning Environment for 6th Graders in Space Science. Verizon Foundation, 2000.

Innovative Instructional Technology Honorable Mention for developing an interactive multimedia Web site “ThermoNet” to teach thermodynamics to undergraduate engineering students, 1999

Technology Integration Into Learning and Teaching Award, College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

Project Quest Award for conducting the project Use Interactive Multimedia to Enhance Students’ Higher Order Thinking Skills, the University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

Faculty Fellow, the Center for Instructional Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

Innovative Instructional Technology Award for developing an interactive multimedia approach to teaching and learning, second place, the University of Texas at Austin, 1997.

Principal Investigator of a strategic partnership grant between Dell Computer Cooperation and the University of Texas at Austin for the project A Collaborative Effort by UT and Dell to Design and Produce Multimedia Training Materials for Use at Dell. Dell Computer Cooperation, June 1999 – May 2000.

Principal Investigator of the Motorola Grant for the project Enhancing Middle School Students’ Higher Order Thinking Skills Through Problem-Based Learning. Motorola Cooperation, Jan. 98 – Dec. 98.

Co-Principal Investigator of the grant ThermoNet: Internet and Interactive Multimedia Resources for Introductory Thermodynamics, National Science Foundation, Jan. 1997 – Dec. 1999.

Co-Principal Investigator of the grant Identifying Best Practices for Using Multimedia at the University of Texas System, The University of Texas System, Sept. 97- Aug. 1998.