Top honors handed out for teaching and scholarship

Aug 3, 2001

The students have cast their votes, and the honors have been handed out. Kettering's Alumni Association have recognized three faculty members with the 2001 Outstanding Teaching Award, which is bestowed upon professors for their intellectual integrity, inspirational qualities and effectiveness of teaching.

The students have cast their votes, and the honors have been handed out. Kettering's Alumni Association have recognized three faculty members with the 2001 Outstanding Teaching Award, which is bestowed upon professors for their intellectual integrity, inspirational qualities and effectiveness of teaching. Students at the University cast all votes for the award.

Recipients receive a $1,000 stipend and a plaque presented to them during a dinner reception at the home of Dr. James E.A. John, president of Kettering University.

This year's winners are:

  • Raymond M. Berg, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Srinivas Chakravarthy, professor of Operations Research and Statistics and
  • Brian McCartin, professor of Applied Mathematics.

Raymond M. Berg

Berg has taught at Kettering since 1994. His career includes 25 years as an engineer in the nuclear power industry for such companies as Detroit Edison. In addition, he co-owned an engineering consulting firm based in Southfield for several years before joining the faculty at Kettering.

He earned a bachelor's of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1970, a master's of science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan. He was recognized by his students for his ability to combine theory with practical industrial applications.

"After a '25-year co-op experience,' I really enjoy teaching engineering as it is encountered on the job, and sharing the lessons learned from things I did right and wrong during my career," he said. "My experience working with Kettering students continues to be very rewarding."

Srinivas Chakravarthy

Chakravarthy has taught at Kettering for more than 17 years. He received his bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees in 1973 and 1975 from University of Madras in India, and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1983. Students recognized him for his desire to challenge them academically balanced with a sincere sense of compassion and strong desire to ensure that they learn the material.

"I feel very honored to receive this award, especially since it is voted on by my students, all of whom are in direct contact with me both inside and outside of class," he said. "Teaching students at Kettering is both very challenging and extremely rewarding because of their curiosity. They bring practical questions to the classroom and expect professors to highlight the usefulness of concepts as they relate to real-life professional situations. And their maturity and co-op experience during their college careers keeps me excited to teach them."

Brian McCartin

McCartin joined the Kettering faculty in 1993. He received his bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees in 1976 and 1977 from the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University in 1981. Students say McCartin combines professionalism and stories about New York, baseball and hockey to help demonstrate important concepts within the classroom.

"It is a distinct honor to earn selection for this award by my current and former students," he said. "I have found a home here at Kettering because my own interest in applying mathematics to engineering problem solving naturally dovetails with the desire of my students to become future engineering leaders. I am humbled by the privilege of helping sculpt the next generation of technological leaders. This award is particularly meaningful because my mother was an outstanding teacher and to follow in her formidable footsteps means a great deal to me. And of course I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to my lovely wife, Barbara, for her indispensable support for all of my endeavors."

For more information on the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Awards and the 2002 guidelines, contact Kettering's Alumni Affairs Office at (888) 884-7741.

Kettering professor wins University's first Educational Scholar Award

Kettering's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which was established earlier this year to foster excellence in teaching and learning scholarship among Kettering faculty, named Associate Professor Daniel Russell its first recipient of the Educational Scholar Award. He received a $750 check and a plaque presented to him during a dinner reception at the home of Kettering President James E.A. John.

The Education Scholar Award recognizes the outstanding work of faculty members as educational scholars through achievements in several areas, including the scholarship of teaching, educational research and educational research publications.

"I am very honored to be the first of what I hope will be a long list of recipients of the Educational Scholar Award," Russell said. "I consider myself very fortunate to have found a career I enjoy as much as teaching and working with students. I am grateful to work and collaborate with a wonderful group of physics and engineering faculty who are so willing to share ideas on effective teaching methods and student learning. And I'm grateful for the freedom to develop classroom demos and online resources for teaching acoustics, which have proved extremely useful to me and to others around the world. I thank the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for encouraging those who pursue scholarship in education at Kettering."

Russell, who teaches Applied Physics and Acoustics and oversees the Gibson Musical Instruments Laboratory at Kettering, also won the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000. His work with acoustics and physics compliments the study of engineering disciplines at Kettering and has led to the reemergence of acoustics at the University.

For more information about the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and its award programs, contact (810)762-7996.