Prof. Autar Kaw (1976-1981) wins 2011 National Outstanding Teaching Medal
Prof. Autar Kaw, alumnus of the famous BITS-1976-1981 batch recently won a "best teacher" award that is given to only one engineering educator each year in the US. Prof. Kaw has been selected from among more than 500 Universities that are ABET accredited in the United States. Visit http://autarkaw.com and send him your congratulations at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
National Outstanding Teaching Medal is designed to provide national recognition to an
engineering or engineering technology educator for excellence in
outstanding classroom performance, contributions to the scholarship of
teaching, and participation in ASEE Section meetings and local
activities. The award is a recognition of the
development, assessment and refinement of resources in an undergraduate
course in Numerical Methods - http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/
Kaw is author of four textbooks on numerical methods, matrix algebra,
composite materials, and programming, but he saw the future of online
education long before most other educators. In 1990, he sent his first
engineering education proposal to the National Science Foundation with a
plan to send floppy disks that would supplement numerical methods
textbook and simulations, without regard to copyright or payment.
It was in 2001 that he received the first of four consecutive
engineering education grants from NSF, and 20 years later his original
plan has blossomed into the online Holistic Numerical Methods Institute,
which uses every tool for teaching the Internet provides including
downloadable textbooks, You Tube videos , worksheets, primers, class
syllabi, PowerPoint presentations, online assessments and even a blog.
Since going live in 2001, the Holistic Numerical Methods Institute
website has been awarded the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award (2004) and
the ASEE DELOS Best Paper Award (2006). Literally one million page
views were recorded in the last year. There were more than half-million
views of the audiovisual lectures on YouTube.
Prof. Kaw is especially proud of the overwhelmingly positive response to the Numerical Methods site. His separate blog, The Numerical Methods Guy is also popular and the entries are motivated by questions that students ask him in class. One blog response puts it simply: "I wish I had a teacher like you."
The ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Medal is awarded annually
since 2003 to a teacher in an ABET-accredited curriculum based on
classroom performance, teaching scholarship contributions and ASEE and
local chapter participation. Kaw, who is also a Fellow of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers, also received the 2010 Outstanding
Teaching Award from the ASEE Southeastern Section, 2004 US Florida
Professor of the Year Award from the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE) and Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching
(CFAT), and the 1991 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph Teetor
But, he’s not one to rest on his laurels, a recent proposal written
to National Science Foundation seeks to adapt and assess the courseware
at additional institutions including Alabama A&M University,
Prairie View A&M University, Florida International University,
University of Nevada-Reno, University of Texas-Tyler, Louisiana Tech
University and University of South Carolina.
Prof. Kaw has been active in supporting his undergraduate Alma-mater (BITS Pilani through BITSAA) as well. Prof. Kaw has served as a panelist for evaluating BITSAA's Graduate
Application Scholarship Applications in 2009, 2010. Speaking of fellow BITSians he said - "Thank you so much for the congrats and good
wishes. We BITSIANs are trying to make a difference, and I truly
believe that one person can make a difference. Whenever I interact
with my fellow BITSIANs now, it is always cherished."
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