2022 Provost Awards Acknowledge College Faculty

Three College of Engineering faculty were recognized at this year’s Faculty Award Reception. The University honored the 2021-2022 recipients of the Drexel Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards & Provost Awards for Teaching, Scholarship, and Professional Service on June 16, 2022 at The Study Hotel.

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Dr. Jennifer Atchison (right) is pictured with co-award recipient Dr. Tammy Pirmann of computer science (left), and Dr. Erin McNamara Horvat, Senior Vice Provost(center).

Jennifer Atchison, PhD, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) has received the Evidence-Based Teaching Award in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM). The award is given annually to a STEM faculty member who uses pedagogical strategies that have been demonstrated in the literature to be effective for teaching students or develops innovative approaches that they evaluate in their own classrooms.

The third faculty member in the college to receive this award, Atchison serves as Senior Design Coordinator for MEM and has started researching creativity in Senior Design. She is a co-recipient of the Reisman Award for Creativity, which supports her work in this arena. Atchison has forged a collaboration with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on Senior Design. She has improved the Senior Design sequence through the development and use of Qualtrics to collect and share work product evaluations and the use of a journey map to restructure the Senior Design Course and intentionally connect the student’s professional experiences in design to their project.

Adam Fontecchio
Dr. Adam Fontecchio

Adam Fontecchio, PhD, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTLE) has been awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the most prestigious award given to full-time faculty members who over the years have demonstrated the highest achievements in teaching.

In addition to serving as the inaugural director of CASTLE, Fontecchio is Director of the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 42 research universities in the United States and Canada providing evidence-based, forward-thinking professional development to students at the graduate level. Among other accolades, he is the recipient of the 2021 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Benjamin Garver Lamme Award.

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Dr. Simi Hoque (right) is pictured with Dr. Ezra Wood of chemistry, with their awards.

Simi Hoque, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, has received Bridge Funding Support for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty.

This funding will support Hoque’s work with the non-profit Energy Coordinating Agency, in which she is studying the effects of weatherization on indoor environmental quality, heat stress, and wellbeing. This project is part of the Built to Last program administered by the Philadelphia Energy Authority. Hoque is collaborating with Dr. Leah Schinasi, assistant professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and received initial funding for this research from a Longsview Fellowship.