Dr. Jerry W. Samples, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown professor of mechanical engineering technology, has been chosen to receive the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education National Outstanding Teaching Award. He will be recognized at the Society’s Annual Awards Banquet Wednesday, June 25 in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Samples joined the UPJ faculty in 1996 where he has served in a number of administrative roles including director of the Engineering Technology Division and vice president for academic and student affairs at UPJ in 2004. Previously, he was associate professor and director of the Mechanical Engineering Division and director of the Mechanical Engineering Research Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Dr. Samples earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Clarkson College of Technology, Pottsdam, N.Y., master of science in mechanical engineering (thermal sciences) and doctor of philosophy, mechanical engineering (computational fluid dynamics) from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. He is a registered professional engineer.
He has co-authored numerous books and technical articles on education and engineering and has given scholarly presentations, workshops and consultations.
He received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dedication Service Award in 2003; the Society of Automotive Engineers Teetor Award in 1993; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Life Quality Award in 1992; was listed in Who’s Who in the East in 1983; Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in 1987 and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 1994. He was named to Oklahoma State University’s Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 1983.
He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning and the Association of the United States Army.
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