Penn Engineering 2016 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

Brian Chow, Assistant Professor in 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. Chow received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2001 from Stanford University. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory.

"Dr. Chow's 'learn by doing' philosophy pushed me to gain a much deeper understanding of both synthetic biology and the research process in general," one of his students remarked. "He has always made me feel that I had potential, even when I couldn’t see it in myself."

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


Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty AdvisingArratia

Andreas Haeberlen, Raj and Neera Singh Assistant Professor in Computer and Information Science, 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. Haeberlen received his Dipl. Inform. from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2003. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. from Rice University in 2009.

"He is an engaging lecturer who makes these complex topics easy to understand and consistently has students working on real applications," one of Dr. Haeberlen's students noted. "Every homework assignment is a major web project accomplished, and the group finals give excellent opportunity to practice engineering team skills."

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

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

DourteGraham Wabiszewski, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 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. Wabiszewski earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania.

One student, referring to Dr. Wabiszewski's Introduction to Computing course wrote, "Dr. Wabiszewski has found a balance between giving challenging lectures that dive into complex problems and being humorous and approachable. As a consequence, he has been able to challenge students to explore above and beyond the course material. He is flexible and responsive to student suggestions which motivates students to take the time necessary to code exciting things."

Learn more about Dr. Wabiszewski by visiting the MEAM faculty page.