Penn Engineering 2015 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. AwardKagan

Cherie Kagan, Stephen J. Angello Professor in Electrical and Systems Engineering, 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. Kagan received both a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996.

Professor Kagan’s students referenced her " willingness to take time out of her schedule" and incredible guidance regarding "summer research, graduate interests, whether to pursue graduate school, which advisors would be the best fit, and actionable advice about materials chemistry for senior design work.”

Learn more about Dr.Kagan by visiting her faculty profile.

Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty AdvisingArratia

Paulo Arratia, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 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. Arratia earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Hampton University in 1997. He then went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2001 and 2003, both from Rutgers University.

One student noted how Paulo Arratia, "has put together various events catered towards guiding and counseling students as they progress through their Penn career" such as "MEAM community dinners, in which minorities across all MEAM classes meet to discuss issues that they have faced while at Penn and how we can learn to overcome them."

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

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

DourteLeAnn Dourte, Lecturer in Bioengineering, 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. Dourte earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 from Lafayette College. She then went on to earn her doctoral degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

One student wrote, "One of the things that I have come to appreciate most about Professor Dourte's teaching style is that it doesn't stop with answering the question at hand; she is able to find a real-life situation or problem where that information can be applied to further your understanding."

Learn more about Dr. Dourte by visiting her faculty profile.