Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education

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Romeo Moruzzi grew up in the north end of Boston and served with the U.S. Air Force in Europe during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Northeastern, received his Master's Degree from Harvard and his Doctor of Engineering degree from Yale. In 1954, after several years on the faculty of the University of Connecticut, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of WPI. He set exceptionally high standards for his students while always being concerned with their personal welfare. As the years went on, he served not only as a role model for his undergraduates, but a valued mentor to the younger faculty. In the late 1960s, Romeo became a campus leader in two historic developments. Through his efforts, and at some risk to his own position he was the person primarily responsible for bringing tenure to the faculty of WPI. In 1969, he was one of the six faculty elected to the WPI Planning Committee which developed and promoted the famous "Two Towers" series. These documents revolutionized education at WPI, and in May 1970, they were accepted by the faculty for implementation as the WPI Plan. Romeo retired from WPI in the late 1980s and passed away in 1993. The Romeo L. Moruzzi Award was established by his wife and supplemented by one of Romeo's former students, Fred Snively '60, to recognize innovation in undergraduate education by a young faculty member.

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2019 Raghvendra V. Cowlagi Faculty Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Excellence in Teaching, Research, Advising, and Community Service Recognized at Honors Convocation
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2019 Sarah Wodin-Schwartz Faculty Mechanical Engineering

Excellence in Teaching, Research, Advising, and Community Service Recognized at Honors Convocation
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2018 Renata Konrad Faculty Foisie Business School

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2018 Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Advising, and Community Service Presented at Honors Convocation

2017 Patricia Stapleton Faculty Social Science & Policy Studies

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2017 Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Advising, and Community Service Presented at Honors Convocation

2016 Dirk Albrecht Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2016 Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Advising, and Community Service Presented at Honors Convocation
2015 Jim Cocola Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2015 Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Advising, and Community Service Presented at Honors Convocation
2014 Craig Shue Faculty Computer Science

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2013 Aarti Madan Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2012 Jeanine Skorinko Faculty Social Science & Policy Studies

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2011 Taskin Padir Faculty Electrical & Computer Engineering, Robotics Engineering

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2010 Constance Clark Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2009 Scott Jiusto Faculty Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

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2008 Joshua Rosenstock Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2008 Robert Lindeman Faculty Computer Science

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2007 J. Robert Krueger Faculty Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

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2006 H. J. Manzari Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2005 Kristen L. Billiar Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2004 Kathryn Fisler Faculty Computer Science

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2003 Eleanor Loiacono Faculty Foisie Business School

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2002 Ross D. Shonat Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2001 Kristin N. Wobbe Faculty Chemistry & Biochemistry

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2000 Karen M. McNamara Faculty Chemical Engineering

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1999 Stephen W. Pierson Faculty Physics

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