July 16, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

Breakiron Engineering BuildingLEWISBURG, Pa. — Several members of the Bucknell University faculty were recognized at the annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in San Antonio recently.

Michelle Oswald, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the ASEE Civil Engineering Division Gerald R. Seeley Award, given to a civil engineering faculty member with five or fewer years of teaching experience, with the basis for selection being the quality of a paper submitted for presentation at the ASEE Annual Conference. || Related faculty story

Eric Kennedy, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division Teaching Award given annually at the ASEE conference. Kennedy was cited for his enthusiasm within the classroom and mentorship provided to students outside of the classroom. "Having the privilege of working with Dr. Kennedy was one of my best experiences at Bucknell and has truly been one of the highlights of my research career thus far," wrote one of his former students. || Related Ask the Experts

Kelly Salyards, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, based on her outstanding teaching record as a new faculty member, her contributions to the academic and surrounding community, and her proven commitment to education.
 As a structural engineer, her research interests include vibration serviceability, experimental modal analysis techniques, dynamic behavior and computer modeling of structures. She also enjoys involving undergraduate students in her research.

Three professors — Margot Vigeant, associate professor of chemical engineering; Mike Prince, professor of chemical engineering; and Katharyn Nottis, professor of education; — were recognized with two awards. The ASEE William H. Corcoran Award honored the best paper in Chemical Engineering Education: "Development of Concept Questions and Inquiry-Based Activities in Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer: An Example for Equilibrium vs. Steady-State." Prince, Vigeant and Nottis were also honored with the ASEE Best Paper Professional Interest Council IV and Best Paper in the Educational Research and Methods Division. Their research paper on using inquiry-based methods addressing student engineering misconceptions presented ways to reduce student misconceptions.

Felipe Perrone, associate professor of computer science, was selected to present his project, "Public Service Announcement Movies Made with the Alice Programming Language," at the IEEE Real World Engineering Projects Workshop. Authors of projects selected for this program earn a $10,000 award and have their work included in the IEEE's online library of hands-on, team-based projects for first-year students. The same project was the core of the computer science seminar in ENGR 100 Exploring Engineering for two consecutive years.

"These awards illustrate the excellence of our faculty, their commitment to engineering education, and the high regard with which they are held by their peers," said Keith Buffinton, dean of the College of Engineering at Bucknell.

Contact: Division of Communications


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