2006 ASEE New England Section Outstanding Teaching Award

The ASEE New England Section Outstanding Teaching Award is given annually to recognize excellence in classroom instruction and project advising of engineering, engineering technology or engineering science. The purpose of the award is to honor the recipient and to serve as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching.

The Award

The annual award will presented at the spring meeting of the section and consists of a $250 honorarium and a certificate of recognition. The award is supported by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.


Nominees will be evaluated on the following two areas of criteria:

The teacher, as an individual, must:

  1. Possess and be able to communicate a broad and accurate knowledge of the subject area.
  2. Possess self-confidence, create a feeling of harmony between self and students and be able to meet difficulties with poise.
  3. Possess a sense of proportion, stressing fundamentals and disregarding trivial detail. Give assignments that challenge students, demanding thinking in the completion of assignments.
  4. Demonstrate such an intense interest and enthusiasm for the subject area and for the enhancement of learning processes that students are motivated to their fullest capacities.
  5. Be available for advising and counseling students before and after graduation.
  6. Teach a minimum of two semester or three quarter courses per calendar year.
  7. Have considerable endorsement from students, using both regular course evaluations and individual letters of recommendation as evidence.
  8. Attend the section annual meeting at which the award is presented; and make a presentation at that meeting (or the following section meeting) to share some element of his/her success as a teacher.
  9. Possess a strong record of activity in ASEE or the educational activities of another professional society.

The teacher's contributions to the profession should include at least three of the following:

  1. Participation in the development of courses or curricula.
  2. Development of teaching equipment or development of a wider application of teaching equipment previously developed.
  3. Contribution to the improvement of laboratories or other facilities.
  4. Development or authorship of instructional material or a text that enhances the student learning process.
  5. Publication of original work, through any medium, that enhances the engineering education process or adds to the literature pertaining to teaching methodologies.
  6. Service as a mentor to other teaching faculty or participation in the conduct of seminars and workshops that are focused on helping other teachers improve their classroom effectiveness.


Nominations may be made by all members of the New England Region except for those members serving on the Awards Committee. Individuals for the award must be members of the ASEE New England Section. Candidates may be teachers of any subject in the engineering and engineering technology curriculum of:

  1. Four/five year colleges awarding engineering or engineering technology curriculum, or
  2. two year colleges awarding associate degrees in engineering or engineering technology programs.

In addition to engineering courses, the subjects may include mathematics, science and other required subjects in engineering and technology curricula.


A nomination package must include a nomination form, a citation, a nomination rationale statement, a curriculum vitae, and evidence of accomplishments. Supporting letters from colleagues and former students are recommended to strengthen the nomination but are not required.

Nominations should be sent to the chair of the Section's Awards Committee or submitted electronically through the National ASEE web site. Nominations must be received by January 31st of the year in which the award is to be presented. Any nominee not selected in the year of the original nomination will be automatically reconsidered the following year. The award recipient must attend the spring conference at which the award is presented. Otherwise, the award will be given to the next highest ranked candidate who agrees to attend. Exceptions will be made for emergency conditions.


Please contact if you have any questions:

Rao V. Dukkipati, Ph.D., P.E.
Chair of the ASEE New England Section Awards Committee
Mechanical Engineering Department
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
V-mail: 203-254-4000, X 3154
FAX: 203-254-4013
E-mail: Rdukkipati@mail.fairfield.edu

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