Kalpana Katti and Ali Amiri have received teaching awards from the College of Engineering.
The NDSU College of Engineering honored three faculty members for their outstanding work in the classroom. The college’s virtual awards event was held on Sept. 23.
Kalpana Katti, University Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named the 2020 winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Katti, who joined the NDSU faculty in 1999, has consistently received high marks from students during annual evaluations, serves as doctoral adviser for seven students and promotes the next generation of faculty members by teaching a graduate level course on preparing future faculty.
“I believe that classroom teaching is only part of the education process. Advising undergraduate and graduate students on curriculum, their professional careers and life issues are just as important,” Katti said. “I also believe that teaching and research go hand-in-hand.”
The 2020 Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Ali Amiri, assistant professor of practice of in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Since joining NDSU in 2017 with a primary teaching appointment, Amiri has taught a variety of classes, ranging from freshman-level service courses to upper-level capstone courses.
“Dr. Amiri has emerged as an outstanding instructor and passionate mentor who is greatly appreciated by the students in his classes,” said Alan Kallmeyer, professor and chair of mechanical engineering. “Many students have commented that he is their favorite instructor at NDSU, an impressive accomplishment for an early-career teacher.”
The College of Engineering also recognized the role graduate students play in advancing NDSU’s student-focused mission.
Hizb Ullah Sajid, a civil engineering doctoral student, was named the 2020 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year.
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