Faculty recognizes teaching excellence

Mechanical engineering professor Kajsa Duke receives a Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award from Dean of Engineering Fraser Forbes.
(Edmonton) In two of the courses she teaches, mechanical engineering professor Kajsa Duke sees students at extreme ends of the educational spectrum. In a second-year course on computer assisted design, students are new to engineering; in the final-year capstone course Duke was lead instructor on this year, they’re required to draw everything they’ve learned to complete a team project.

The second-year course teaches the students to use software called solid works as a design tool. The class is tied to another course in which students are required to design, build and race robotic vehicles.

“We assume in that class that they have no experience and there is a lot to take in over a short period of time,” says Duke.

The course first teaches students that they can actually use the software to design and create, giving them the “fun” aspect first. Then, it gets into more detail about different standards of designing for manufacture.

She adds that in the capstone course, her job is not as much about teaching as it is about directing. In the course, students work in teams to develop an engineering solution for a client—often from industry or academia, or an entrepreneur. The course culminates in a presentation of designs to the client and a panel of industry and academic representatives.

“This is the class where I kind of tell the students I can’t really help them anymore because they’re going to be the experts on their projects,” she said. “I can help in the process and point them to someone who is an expert in the area, but it’s more like I am guiding you more on how to run a large project.”

Duke was one of six professors and 13 graduate students receiving Faculty of Engineering teaching and research awards. For Duke, winning the Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award—which comes from students—is an honour.

“I put a large amount of work and effort into teaching,” she says, “I’m thrilled to get this award.”

Faculty of Engineering Teaching Awards

The Faculty of Engineering celebrated teaching excellence today, presenting professors and graduate students with prestigious Faculty of Engineering teaching Awards for their dedication to student success.

L.E. Gads Teaching Assistant Nominees

Kevin Hodder (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

Janeen Ogloza (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Ward Newman (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Benjamin Cheung (Mechanical)

Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Jerome Ang (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

John Hawk (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

Ryan McGee (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

Meisam Nouri (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

Mark Curley (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Mohamed Meshref  (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Janeen Ogloza (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Maedeh Roodpeyma (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Henry Brausen (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Jeremy Kerr-Wilson (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Andrew Longman (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Benjamin Wiltshire (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Benjamin Cheung (Mechanical Engineering)

Babak Soltannia (Mechanical Engineering)

Henry Yu (Mechanical Engineering)


Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Petr Nikrityuk (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

Carlos Cruz-Noguez (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Sandipan Pramanik (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Kajsa Duke (Mechanical Engineering)

Faculty of Engineering Research Award

Tony Qiu (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Tian Tang (Mechanical Engineering)