The primary mission of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is teaching, and our reputation as a college known for its teaching excellence is one of the qualities that distinguish us. The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching was established to underscore the importance of teaching and our collective commitment to providing high-quality undergraduate instruction.
Each year several deserving candidates are nominated for this prestigious award. A committee of faculty carefully reviews the file of each candidate focusing on innovations and creativity in the classroom, on subject expertise and the ability to transfer that knowledge, and on the mentoring and guidance provided to students.
I am pleased to announce that Robert Martinazzi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, was selected to receive the 2004-2005 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was presented with the Award during Commencement on May 7.
Professor Martinazzi earned his degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the Division of Engineering Technology in 1972 as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Bob is recognized as an accomplished teacher and has earned the respect of colleagues and students. Students find him challenging, inspiring and a role model. Student assessments underscore his devotion to the learning process and to the classroom
Professor Martinazzi routinely seeks opportunities to provide meaningful experiences for his students beyond the classroom through experiential activities, and professional networking. His students tell me he stimulates their intellect while inculcating them with the technical base to be competent engineers. Furthermore, they praise his efforts to make them responsible for learning and to develop their leadership skills. Bob Martinazzi’s classroom and laboratories are truly multidimensional.
Bob is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, holding the rank of Colonel when he left the Marine Corps. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and he has served as consultant to a large number of engineering firms across Western Pennsylvania. Included in his consulting service is a long-standing relationship with the Johnstown Engineering firm of H. F. Lenz.
Professor Martinazzi has an extensive publication record. He is active in his professional societies, to which he has served as President and Vice President and is highly regarded by his peers.
Bob’s former students may now be found in professional positions across the nation, pursuing work in Engineering and related fields with a passion for knowledge and a commitment instilled in them as undergraduates in Bob’s classroom and laboratory. His devotion to the field of Engineering has won the admiration of his colleagues. As a teacher, researcher, colleague, and role model, Bob is regarded as intellectually spirited, challenging, enthusiastic and loyal.