By Giorgina Paiella
Dr. Pamir Alpay, Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was named a recipient of both the University of Connecticut Materials Science and Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence as well as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.
The University of Connecticut Materials Science and Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence as Determined by the Students is awarded to the MSE faculty member who receives the greatest number of votes from Materials Science and Engineering seniors. The award was created in order to recognize faculty members who have positively influenced MSE students in regard to their academic, research, extracurricular, and personal development. The ballot allows students to reflect upon the teaching excellence that they have encountered over the span of their college experience in the MSE department.
Seniors praised Professor Alpay’s strong teaching skills, involvement with students, and maintenance of both respectability and approachability in the classroom environment. In their statements nominating Dr. Alpay for the award, they noted that he is “very understanding with students” and has a “captivating and effective” teaching style.
Professor Alpay is also a recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. The School of Engineering honored six faculty members for their exceptional dedication to graduate student advising. Dr. Alpay’s graduate students have consistently received prestigious awards and honors, including a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) award. He has graduated ten Ph.D. students, four M.S. (thesis), and two M.S. (course-based) students. Congratulations to Professor Alpay for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the MSE department as a faculty member and advisor.