Penn Engineering 2014 Teaching Awards

The recipients of the annual Penn Engineering teaching and advising awards are selected directly by Penn Engineering students after thoughtful consideration. The School is filled with gifted educators who inspire students with their dedication and excellence.

The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award

David IssadoreDavid Issadore, assistant professor of Bioengineering, 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. Issadore earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics in 2004 from the Pennsylvania State University. He then went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in Physics from Harvard University in 2009.

One student noted, "Dr. Issadore has made an amazing effort to be involved in all the student projects in his lab. He is always willing to sit down and talk about your project and possible problems, directions, or ways he can help. He will take time from his own work to stand in front of a whiteboard and brainstorm ideas with students. I have received hours of personal teaching and advice from Dr. Issadore on topics related to my schoolwork, projects in his lab, and professional growth."

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

Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising

Russ CompostoRuss Composto, professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), 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. Composto earned a B.A. in Physics from Gettysburg College in 1982. He then went on to earn a master's in Materials Science in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1987, both from Cornell University.

One student wrote, "Dr. Composto is both my MSE advisor and my Senior Design Advisor. He is extremely accessible and always eager to help students. With his guidance, I was able to study abroad and find appropriate classes to fulfill my MSE requirements, even after transferring to MSE late in my sophomore year. Additionally, when I was at a loss for a Senior Design project, Dr. Composto provided me with an opportunity to work in his lab. He has been an amazing resource for me!"

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

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

Tom FarmerThomas Farmer, lecturer in Computer and Information Science and in Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been awarded the Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track. The award recognizes outstanding teaching ability, dedication to innovative undergraduate instruction, and exemplary service to the School in consistently inspiring students in the engineering and scientific profession.

Dr. Farmer received a B.S. in Computer Science in 1998 and a master's in Computer Science in 2002, both from City University of New York-College of Staten Island. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the George Washington University in 2010.

A student writes, "Dr. Farmer completely revamped ESE 215 to provide a better learning experience for the students and more in-depth knowledge about circuits. This new course structure was challenging as well as intellectually stimulating for all students. Dr. Farmer has a very enthusiastic personality that inspires and motivates students to explore further. He is very accessible and always willing to improve the experiences of students."

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