Penn Engineering 2012 Teaching Awards

The recipients of the annual Penn Engineering teaching and advising awards are selected directly by our students after thoughtful consideration. Penn Engineering is filled with gifted educators and we continue to be inspired by their dedication and excellence.  

The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award

Alejandro Ribeiro has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students. Dr. Ribeiro is assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and earned his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay in 1998.

One student states, "In my four years, I have not met a more motivated professor who strives to make the classroom an engaging experience. Dr. Ribeiro shows outstanding concern for the academic development of every student."

Learn more about Dr. Ribeiro by visiting his faculty profile.

Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising

Jan Van der Spiegel has been awarded the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising. The award recognizes dedication to helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals. Dr. Van der Spiegel is professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Associate Dean for Education.  He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1979, his M.E. in Electro-Mechanics in 1974, and his undergraduate degree in Engineering in 1971, all from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

One student notes, "Dr. Van der Spiegel really knows the curriculum and is the embodiment of a true scholar. He wants to help students learn all they can, to the best of their abilities."

Learn more about Dr. Van der Spiegel by visiting his faculty profile.

Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track

The Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track has been awarded to Jonathan Fiene, senior lecturer and Director of Laboratory Programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.  Dr. Fiene received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001 and his master's and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

A student writes that, "Dr. Fiene's presentation is intuitive, clear and interesting, and his unconventional assignment descriptions go straight to the essence of learning, focusing on real and meaningful features.  He simultaneously guides and challenges his students in a way that makes his classes monumentally satisfying and exhilarating."

Learn more about Dr. Fiene by visiting his faculty profile.