Raymond R. Hagglund Selected for Morgan Distinguished Instructorship

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Raymond R. Hagglund of Jefferson, Mass., professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been named the recipient of the Morgan Distinguished Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering. The award, recommended by the Effective Teaching Committee of the mechanical engineering department, recognizes quality advising. The appointment is for one year and includes a stipend to be used for continued professional development.

Hagglund earned 1956 B.S. and 1959 M.S. degrees from WPI and a 1962 Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His research interests include applied mechanics, product liability and safety analysis. He received the 1996 Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering, which recognizes quality teaching. In 1997, he was an invited guest lecturer on safety, technology and product liability law at Baumer University in Moscow, Russia.

His work has been published and presented at a number of international conferences including the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the 17th Southeastern Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Honored as the Outstanding Teacher at WPI in 1974, he was awarded the 1976 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Western Electric Award for Excellence in Engineering Education and the 1977 Kenneth G. Merriam Professorship, an honorary chair.

He is a member of scientific and professional societies including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the ASEE, the American Society for Metals, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the professional honorary societies Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.