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Citadel News Service
7 Jun 2006

Engineering professor receives two awards for excellence in teaching, research

The National Society of Professional Engineers selected The Citadel's Dr. Timothy W. Mays as the 2006 recipient of the Engineering Education Excellence Award. This national award recognizes engineering faculty who have demonstrated the ability to link engineering education with professional practice.

PhotoThe recipient must be licensed and have a tenure-track faculty appointment from an accredited engineering program. This award recognizes mid-career individuals who are 45 years or younger. This is the first year that that the winner was selected from an undergraduate college or university; all previous winners were from the major research programs offering doctoral degrees.

This is Mays' second national teaching award. In 2004, he was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers/ExCEED for the New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering, praised Mays "for his work in the senior design courses where he provides an academic forum for students that best prepares them for routine structural engineering design by using real world design projects."

In April Mays also received the New Faculty Research Award at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes a faculty member who has had less than six years of teaching and research experience. The recipient must have a documented record of excellence in research and teaching at his or her institution as well as a documented record of using research as a teaching mechanism in regularly scheduled classes.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Mays' talents of combining research and teaching in combination to provide our students with an outstanding learning opportunity," Fallon said. "Students gain significantly from research projects that are used as a teaching mechanism."
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