Teaching awards celebrate instructors’ positive impact on students’ lives and careers

Written by
Aaron Nathans, Office of Engineering Communications
March 23, 2023

Engineering student organizations celebrated the positive mark that faculty members and graduate teaching assistants made on students' lives and academic careers at the annual School of Engineering and Applied Science Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Sujit Datta, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, was honored for teaching "Squishy Engineering: Using Soft Materials to Solve Hard Problems" (CBE 430) in spring 2022; and graduate student Drew Carson was honored as a teaching assistant for "Chemical Reaction Engineering" (CBE 441) in fall 2022.

student and teacher hold award and smile at camera

Drew Carson won a teaching award.

“These educators creatively taught their students in the lecture hall and classroom by offering real-world applications and different methods for solving problems,” said Caroline Zhao, president of the undergraduate engineering council and a sophomore majoring in chemical and biological engineering. “In office hours they were eager to help their students grasp difficult concepts, and they were willing to stay as long as necessary.”

Dean Andrea Goldsmith, who gave an introduction, noted that the awards are selected by students, and that the dean’s office has no say in who wins.

“It’s a wonderful tradition,” Goldsmith said. “We’re here to celebrate the winners, congratulate the winners, recognize the importance of outstanding teaching by our faculty and by our wonderful students.”