The Materials Science and Engineering Department has been honored with a third University Exemplary Award, presented at a reception held Thursday, February 21. This award, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, recognizes the work of departments and/or programs that maintain exemplary teaching and learning environments for students and faculty. With this award, the university publicly honors the collaborative efforts and successes of a group of dedicated colleagues - actively performing work that is essential for sustaining a truly excellent academic environment. The 2018 theme for the award was "working beyond department/program boundaries for exceptional student learning."
Quoting from the reception program:
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a multifaceted field of study, intersecting in fundamental ways with many engineering and natural science disciplines. Reflecting these connections, the undergraduate and graduate curricula provide flexible opportunities for students to pursue coursework and to develop research relationships with faculty in other departments. Students from a variety of fields participate in MSE's courses and experiences, including introductory surveys for other engineering majors, foundry labs, and advanced graduate lectures. Similarly, undergraduate research opportunities in MSE are open to students from a variety of backgrounds. In addition, faculty activiely and innovatively design or redesign existing courses to provide wider exposure to the world for students of all backgrounds. Co-op and internship opportunities with a variety of companies are also available for students to explore potential career choices through long-term, non-classroom experiences.
MSE plans to continue its commitment to providing a high-quality, hands-on experience beyond established patterns with new and ongoing initiatives to expand opportunities for exceptional learning. For example, extensive facility expansion plans have been made to benefit researchers across campus, and MSE personnel are actively working with colleagues in other units to explore mechanisms for more seamless interlaboratory cooperation. MSE is also in pursuit of developing additional projects with industry partners and working to develop processes to accommodate greater participation in interdisciplinary project teams, perhaps within the context of a new collegiate capstone that would include input from all engineering disciplines.
MSE received its first Exemplary Award in 1998 in recognition of its undergraduate writing and communications program. A second award was presented in 2003.
A plaque and a $10,000 check were presented at Thursday's reception. Shown in the photo above with Dr. Clark are Dr. Tom Staley and Dr. Alan Druschitz, who were instrumental in helping MSE achieve this award.