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Engineering Teaching Awards
April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) has announced the recipients of their 2008 Teaching Awards.

S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award


Dr. Peter K. Davies, professor and chair of materials science and engineering, has been awarded the School’s highest teaching honor, the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award. The award is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students in SEAS. One student noted, “Professor Davies puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into every one of his lectures, and there is almost perfect class attendance at his 9 a.m. lectures.” Dr. Davies received his PhD degree from Arizona State University in 1981, and joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1983.  He has served as chair of the department since 2002.  Dr. Davies is a previous winner of S. Reid Warren Award, and has also received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the UPS Chair for Distinguished Teaching. 



Award for Faculty Advising


Dr. Leif Finkel, professor of bioengineering, was awarded the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising. The award recognizes dedication to helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals. In the words of a student, “What distinguishes Dr. Finkel is his genuine interest and concern in the students he teaches and advises. His enthusiasm is contagious. Without a doubt, Dr. Finkel makes it very clear that he cares deeply about the welfare of his students.”

Dr. Finkel received his MD and PhD from Penn and joined the faculty in 1989. He is a member of the Institute for Neurological Sciences; the Institute for Medicine and Engineering; and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science. He is a previous recipient of the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award.



Almanac - April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31