WPI's Joseph J. Rencis Receives New England Teacher of the Year from ASEE

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Worcester, Mass. - May 1, 2002 - Joseph J. Rencis of Paxton, Mass., a professor of mechanical engineering and director of engineering mechanics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has received the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) New England Outstanding Teacher Award. The award, which focuses on outstanding classroom performance, recognizes teachers of engineering students and serves as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching.

Rencis joined the WPI faculty in 1985. His research interests are in the area of computational mechanics and focus on the formulation and development of boundary element and finite element methods for solving solid, heat and fluid mechanics problems. A native of Andover, N.J., he earned an A.A.S. and a B.S. in architectural and building construction technology at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, an M.S. in theoretical and applied mechanics at Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics at Case Western Reserve University.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International. The highest elected grade of membership within the organization, Fellow recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. He is also Fellow of the Wessex Institute of Great Britain, which recognizes leaders in the field of computation engineering and boundary element research. He currently serves as an associate editor for the international series Advances in Boundary Elements and is a member of the editorial board for the international journal Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements. He has also served as the national chair of the mechanics division for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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