Three members of the Faculty of Engineering have been recognized this year with Lakehead University Teaching Awards.
Dr. Mohammad Uddin from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering receives the Lakehead University’s Distinguished Instructor Award for 2023.
This is Lakehead University’s most prestigious teaching award and recognizes an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to teaching excellence and educational innovation and leadership at the University over a number of years. Only one award per year is bestowed.
The Senate Teaching and Learning Committee noted Dr. Uddin’s impressive and distinguished list of accomplishments, and his reputation among students and colleagues as a gifted and compassionate educator. The Committee also acknowledged Dr. Uddin’s outstanding contribution to developing new undergraduate and graduate programs, and establishing the Renewable Energy, Power Systems & Drives Research Lab, that has cemented his legacy as a remarkable educator and researcher.
Dr. Apparao Dekka, also from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, receives the Contribution to Teaching Award for the academic year 2022-2023. This is a student-nominated award that recognizes instructors who have demonstrated high levels of teaching performance at Lakehead University.
In nominating Dr. Dekka for the award, students expressed their appreciation for his outstanding qualities as a teacher and mentor, and praised his approachability, friendliness, and accommodating nature. The Committee noted Dr. Dekka’s willingness to discuss students’ career goals and provide insights into how course materials, projects, and programs relate to the industry that has been invaluable to their academic journey.
Dan Vasiliu, P.Eng., technical staff member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, receives the 2023 Teaching Innovation Award. This award recognizes the development and/or implementation of innovative pedagogical practices and technologies.
The Committee recognized the high-quality of his new setup and the implementation of the Electronic Communications Lab that made live remote-accessible workstations possible during the pandemic, with the remote workstations proving so successful that they continue to be used in some hybrid situations.