Ekerdt Receives ASEE Lectureship Award

John EkerdtJohn Ekerdt, Associate Dean of Research in Engineering and Dick Rothwell Endowed Chair, has been awarded the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Lectureship Award, sponsored by Chemstations, Inc.

“I was fortunate to study under Professor Ekerdt as both an undergraduate and graduate student,” said Clayton Wheeler, a former student of Ekerdt’s who teaches chemical and biological engineering at The University of Maine. “I enjoyed his courses so much that it motivated me to pursue my career in chemical engineering.” 

Lectureship award recipients are considered distinguished engineering educators who demonstrate achievement through the formulation of fundamental theory or principles, improvements of lasting influence to chemical engineering education with books and/or articles, and the demonstration of success as a teacher.

Jim Rawlings, a ChE professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and coauthor of Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals with Ekerdt said, “I think you learn a lot about a colleague, and yourself, when you undertake a large, complex project like a textbook.  In the final stages of production, John flew to Madison, and together we double checked every exercise in the text and every reference. It was a backbreaking session, but John’s high standards and commitment to getting it right required nothing less.”

The award consisted of a $3,000 honorarium, $500 travel allowance and commemorative plaque presented during the chemical engineering division banquet at the ASEE annual conference in San Antonio June 10-13.  As part of the award, Ekerdt will deliver a lecture at the annual conference and the ASEE chemical engineering summer school for faculty in July.

Ekerdt’s research areas include advanced materials, polymers and nanotechnology, and energy. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley.  Ekerdt is currently director of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

About the ASEE:

The ASEE was founded in 1893 as a nonprofit organization to promote individuals and institutions that are committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.  It develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollment at colleges and universities.

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