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

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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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2023 Lindsay Davis and Rebecca Moody Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts
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2023 Angela Rodriguez Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Psychological Science
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2022 Ahmet Can Sabuncu Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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2022 Catherine F. Whittington Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2021 Andrew Teixeira Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Chemical Engineering

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2021 Joshua Rohde Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2020 Carlo Pinciroli Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Robotics Engineering

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2020 Elisabeth Ann Stoddard Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Office of the Provost, Social Science & Policy Studies

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2019 Raghvendra V. Cowlagi Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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2019 Sarah Wodin-Schwartz Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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2018 Renata Konrad Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty

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

2017 Patricia Stapleton Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Social Science & Policy Studies

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2016 Dirk Albrecht Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2015 Jim Cocola Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2014 Craig Shue Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Computer Science

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2013 Aarti Madan Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2012 Jeanine Skorinko Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Social Science & Policy Studies

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2011 Taskin Padir Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Electrical & Computer Engineering, Robotics Engineering

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2010 Constance Clark Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2009 Scott Jiusto Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Integrative & Global Studies

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2008 Robert Lindeman Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Computer Science

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2008 Joshua Rosenstock Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2007 J. Robert Krueger Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Integrative & Global Studies

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2006 H. J. Manzari Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Humanities & Arts

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2005 Kristen L. Billiar Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2004 Kathryn Fisler Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Computer Science

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2003 Eleanor Loiacono Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty

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2002 Ross D. Shonat Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Biomedical Engineering

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2001 Kristin N. Wobbe Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Chemistry & Biochemistry

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2000 Karen M. McNamara Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Chemical Engineering

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1999 Stephen W. Pierson Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Physics

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