College Honors Six Professors With Teaching Award

September 12, 2016 | LSU Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

The College of Engineering recently awarded its teaching Award for Instructor Excellence to six faculty members. The award is given to professors who make significant contributions to the early years of a student’s journey through quality instruction in entry-level engineering courses.

The Award for Instructor Excellence also includes a $4,500 one-time cash award, and is open to all full-time LSU engineering instructors or faculty at the rank of assistant professor or higher. This year’s recipients are:

  • William Duncan, Instructor, Division of Computer Science and Engineering 
  • Clint Willson, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Isabelina Nahmens, Designated Professor and Program Director, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
  • Gerry Knapp, Designated Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
  • Ramachandran Vaidyanathan, Designated Professor, Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Michael Benton, Designated Professor, Cain Department of Chemical Engineering– Students’ Choice

Petroleum engineering alumnus Harry Longwell established the Dean’s Fund for Instructor Excellence to enhance the quality of instruction in entry-level courses in engineering disciplines.

The appointed selection committee used student success rates, departmental support and teaching philosophy as some of the metrics to evaluate this year’s recipients. The winner for students’ choice was selected through an online voting process.

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For more information, please contact communications assistant M.B. Humphrey at or 225-578-5660.