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Mechanical Engineering Prof Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Mechanical Engineering Prof Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Article Body Miller, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, has received the 2012 President's Award for Teaching Excellence.  Ms. Miller will be recognized at Pitt-Johnstown's 40th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 28, where she will be presented with a special engraved medallion. 

     In announcing the award, Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar said, “Ms. Miller, through her outstanding work in the classroom along with her successful efforts to mentor students through out-of-class activities including the Pitt-Johnstown American Society of Mechanical Engineers, epitomizes the purpose of this award.   We are fortunate to have a person of her caliber and dedication as a member of our Pitt-Johnstown faculty.  Her strong interactions with students and her mentoring of them through extracurricular activities clearly demonstrate her dedication and passion for teaching.”

     In being selected for the award, Ms. Miller is recognized for her successful teaching style, which blends the technical and practical aspects of engineering into all of her courses, thereby ensuring that her students are ready for the real world.   In her approach to teaching, she strives to be innovative while maintaining rigor in her classes.  Ms. Miller is also deeply committed to the advancement of her field.  In addition to being a regular presenter at STEM Professions, she serves as faculty advisor to the Pitt-Johnstown American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has authored and co-authored several technical and educational articles. 

     A native of Johnstown and alumna of Pitt-Johnstown with her degree in mechanical engineering technology, Ms. Miller earned her Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  She began her career at Pitt-Johnstown in 2002.

     The award recognizes teaching excellence among the college’s faculty and promotes the college’s primary mission of quality undergraduate education.  The award recipient must have demonstrated a high level of competence in all professional aspects of teaching, such as construction of courses, classroom presentation, assignments and grading; innovation in the classroom; commitment to undergraduate teaching; evidence of intensive and sustained attention to the teaching/learning process; instilling in students the desire to be lifelong learners, and availability to students.

     Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011.  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 4/24/2012 9:50:00 AM