Six faculty members from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering received honors for their contribution to engineering education. The William H. Severns Professorship, the Laura Hahn Faculty Fellowship, and the Laura Hahn Scholar were given out for excellence in the classroom. The awards are the first named positions within the college to honor specialized faculty, in this case, teaching professors who focus on classroom teaching, curriculum, and educational programs
“Our specialized faculty are central to our success in and out of the classroom and in our educational and research ecosystem,” said Dean Rashid Bashir. “These awards are just one of a number of ways the college is seeking to honor and recognize the impact of these important members of the Grainger Engineering community.”
The Hahn Faculty Fellowship and Hahn Faculty Scholar are dedicated in the memory of the late Laura Hahn, who acted as the director of the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education. Hahn left a lasting impact on engineering education and “made the University of Illinois a second home” during her career.
The William H. Severns Professorship and Severns Faculty Scholar recognize faculty members who have demonstrated “significant and sustained impact on the development of new and impactful teaching techniques, broadening the educational experience of engineering students, and/or motivating the education of engineering students through bringing practical, real-world experiences into the classroom.” The honors are named after late mechanical engineering professor William H. Severns.