Engelhardt earns highest engineering teaching award

     Dr. Michael Engelhardt, associate professor of civil engineering and holder of the William J. Murray Jr. Fellowship in Engineering No. 2, has been selected as the winner of the Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching.

     The award, the highest teaching honor given by the College of Engineering, is earned by a faculty member who dedicates time and energy in abundance to teaching undergraduate and graduate students. The result of his or her work leaves a mark of excellence on the entire College of Engineering. Nominations for this award are made by engineering students and faculty. Final selection is made by a committee composed of two students and the five most recent faculty recipients of the award.

     Engelhardt earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. He is a native of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he attained his bachelor's degree in 1979 and his master's degree in 1981, both in civil engineering.

     The Lockheed Martin award is the fifth teaching honor Engelhardt has earned at The University. The Halliburton Faculty Excellence Award was presented to him in 1991 and he received the Civil Engineering Department Teaching Award in 1992. He earned the College of Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor in 1993 and he was recognized in 1997 as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty member during Faculty Appreciation Week.

     For 43 years General Dynamics and subsequently Lockheed Martin has sponsored the award for excellence in engineering teaching to reward a College of Engineering faculty member for exceptional teaching.