July 8, 2022

NDSU engineering dean named national fellow


Michael Kessler
Michael Kessler recently was selected as an American Society of Engineering Education Fellow.

Michael Kessler, dean of the NDSU College of Engineering, has been selected as a Fellow Member of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Kessler was among nine new fellows honored during the 2022 ASEE Annual Conference held in Minneapolis.

“Being named an ASEE Fellow is an amazing honor, and I am humbled to become a member of such a distinguished group,” Kessler said. “I have been dedicated to the discipline of engineering education since teaching my first class as a graduate student in 1996. Now as dean of the College of Engineering at NDSU I work to cultivate a culture of collaborative excellence, so faculty and staff can succeed in preparing our students to be innovative problem solvers ready to make the world better.”

Kessler has served as dean of the College of Engineering at NDSU since 2017. Prior to NDSU, he was the Berry Family Director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University and held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the University of Tulsa.

Through his career, he has earned numerous awards for his performance in the classroom and became known for his efforts to integrate active learning instructional strategies in the classroom such as cooperative student projects, simulations, in-class discussions, case studies and lively demonstrations.

“Dr. Kessler’s record of extraordinary service and leadership to engineering education should be clear,” said Scott Pryor, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering. “From one-on-one mentoring to leading at the research group, academic program, and college level, he remains focused on serving society through producing competent engineers who are prepared to take on our greatest challenges.”

Founded in 1893, ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. It’s more than 12,000 members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students, and government and industry representatives who hail from all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology.

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