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04-18-2001

Clarkson Faculty Nominated For Boeing Outstanding Educator Award

A team of faculty at Clarkson University has been selected as one of three national finalists for the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award. This prestigious award recognizes educators who have made exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

Fifteen faculty, led by Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins, have been recognized for their innovative use of team projects to bring together diverse groups of students to solve multidisciplinary engineering challenges.

The SPEED program (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design), established in 1997, provides institutional support to 14 different competitive student engineering design teams. About 250 students each year participate in SPEED teams.

A judging team from The Boeing Company will visit Clarkson this week for an in-depth examination of the SPEED program. The two other finalists for the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award are Harvey Mudd College and the University of Virginia.

Competing individuals or teams are graded on improvements they have made to the educational process that enhance attributes of graduating engineering students. Each individual or team also has to provide evidence that their work has a long-term, pervasive impact on engineering education. They also must demonstrate the extent to which educational improvements have become institutionalized.

Clarkson’s SPEED teams have had consistent success taking their projects to intercollegiate competition. For example, recently the FIRST Robotics team (advised by Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering James Carroll) placed 11th in their division at the national competition. The Environmental Design Team (advised by Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Stefan Grimberg) won first place at the national competition for its mining pit wall stabilization design, and also won the Intel Corporation Award for Environmental Innovation for the overall best solution to an environmental problem.

For more information about the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award, see http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/pwu/educator/objective.html.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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