Faculty members honored

Aug 12, 2004

Ahmad Pourmovahed and Elizabeth Campbell are honored.

Innovation and service are two of the benchmarks of award-winning contributions and have led two Kettering University faculty members to top awards.

Elizabeth Campbell, an associate professor of Communications, won Kettering's 2004 Tutt Award -- an honor that recognizes and rewards innovation in teaching. She is the first female faculty member to win this prestigious award from the University.

Campbell, with the help and support of Karen Wilkinson, department head of Liberal Studies and assistant professors Corine Coniglio and Luchen Li, helped establish the Virginia Kettering Professional Communication Studio located in room 4-501 of the AB. This resource is the culmination of several years of work to develop a state-of-the-art resource to help improve the writing and communication skills of Kettering students through the incorporation of computer technology. Campbell also created the quilted artwork that graces the walls of the new studio.

Designed for use by all written and oral communication courses during class time, the Virginia W. Kettering Professional Communication Studio includes 21 networked computers running the latest Microsoft XP software package, computer projection unit, a computer station for instructors, tables, chairs and carpeting. This resource allows communication professors to assist students working on individual assignments, group projects and aid in the development of formal presentations using Power Point. The studio accommodates 20 students, which represents the upper limit for the class size for teaching writing and communication effectively. All computers have Internet capability and the room has an LCD projector and screen, as well as a laser printer.

Ahmad Pourmovahed, a professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). The award was presented June 29 during ESD's 2004 Annual Awards ceremony at the Hilton Troy in Troy, Mich.

He has been active with ESD for more than 10 years and helped organize the 2003 New Directions in Math and Science Conference, where 350 educators learned new techniques to teach math and science. The program had a direct impact on 20,000 students. He has also helped ESD organize and teach FE/PE refresher courses.

Locally, he serves as the chair of the Mott Children's Farm Association, which recently rallied support to keep the Mott-Hashbarger Children's Farm open.