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Clarkson's Zander Receives National Award For Outstanding Teaching

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Amy K. Zander of Madrid, N.Y., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors (AEESP)/McGraw Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching of Environmental Engineering and Science. Zander’s Clarkson colleagues, as well as current and former students, nominated her for the award.zander

“Prof. Zander’s selection for this award is another affirmation that she is contributing in a truly superior way to academic life at Clarkson,” says Thomas C. Young, professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Her selection as AEESP’s first award recipient recognizes the contributions she has made to the broad intellectual domain of environmental engineering and science education. This is a very special recognition.”

In addition to serving as executive officer of her department, Zander pursues research on innovative water treatment technologies, teaches a full complement of courses, and has been a major force behind Clarkson’s award-winning Environmental Restoration Design Team. “Prof. Zander’s involvement in this team, plus her efforts as the principal investigator on the middle school-college Partners in Engineering program, are examples of why she has been repeatedly recognized as one of Clarkson’s most effective faculty members,” says Young.

“While there are several who have achieved the status of ‘master teacher,’ a few individuals stand at the pinnacle of teaching effectiveness and work diligently to help other professors,” wrote Marc Edwards, chair of the AEESP Awards Committee and associate professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. “The Outstanding Teaching of Environmental Engineering and Science award is made to honor individuals who are making outstanding contributions to the teaching of environmental engineering, both at the individual’s home institution and beyond.”

Zander has been honored numerous other times for her teaching and academic pursuits. She was honored with Clarkson’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999 and the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award in 1997. In 1996, Zander was given the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award for the Middle Atlantic Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. She was also presented with Clarkson’s Phalanx Commendable Leadership and Commendable Service awards in 1995.

In 1997 Zander was named to the Editorial Advisory Board for “Water Environmental Research,” a bimonthly journal that reviews environmental quality research. She received her B.S. in biology, M.S. in civil engineering and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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