Friedman Receives Faculty Appreciation Award
Lecturer Keith Friedman has been selected as the ChE Outstanding Faculty Member as part of Faculty Appreciation Week (FAW) taking place March 5-9. The university-wide event allows students to show their thanks and appreciation to faculty that have made a difference in their educational experience at The University of Texas at Austin.
“Our students are astounding-they’re smart, they work hard and they juggle a heavy load very well,” Friedman said. “It’s a privilege to teach them. I keep this in mind and it pushes me to be a better teacher.”
Every year the Cockrell School’s Student Engineering Council gets students to nominate faculty members from their department and the top three are placed on a ballot for a final student vote.
“Dr. Friedman is someone who truly cares about his students and really wants them to succeed,” said undergraduate Mariam Kullab, who nominated Friedman. “Rarely have I met a professor who is as genuinely interested in the progress of students.”
Chris McLennon, another undergrad, said: “He is one of the most caring professors and he never fails to put a smile on every student’s face, even when times are tough.”
Friedman, who has over 30 years of experience in industry and academia, currently teaches Applied Statistics (CHE 253K), Measurement, Control and Data Analysis Lab (CHE 253M) and Projects and Process Lab (CHE 264).
He will attend an official award ceremony on March 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend and should RSVP via the online FAW invitation.