Congratulations to the 2019 College of Engineering’s Teaching and Staff Awards recipients! The awards, which are handed out annually for outstanding work in the college, were announced during the dean’s fall faculty meeting Aug. 16.

Following is the list of recipients along with comments from colleagues and students who nominated them.

COE Outstanding Service

Milind DeoMilind Deo (Professor, Chemical Engineering)

“Milind’s success as chair and as associate dean is due in large part to his application of his three principles of good teaching. The most important part of these is the first: Milind genuinely cares for students, staff, and faculty. His service to the college and the department has been rooted in that attitude.”




COE Outstanding Teacher

Michael Czabaj (Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering)

“Dr. Czabaj is by far one of the best instructors I’ve had. His knowledge and enthusiasm regarding the subject, combined with effective communication, created a very ideal learning environment and experience.”




COE Outstanding TA

Jim SkowronekJim Skowronek (Teaching Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering)

“Jim has been a phenomenal TA in both the ECE and physics departments, going way above the requirements and expectations to help the students succeed.”




COE Outstanding Staff

Debra K. WilliamsDebra K. Williams (Administrative Program Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering)

“Deb has been a very loyal staff member and has made innumerable enhancements to the department for the benefit of all. The faculty hold her in high regard for her enthusiastic and friendly demeanor and for all of her efforts on their behalf.”




Kirk WebbKirk Webb (Research Associate, School of Computing)

“By always striving for excellence . . . Kirk has been able to keep a focus on the critical end goals of the POWDER project. Kirk’s work ethic, leadership attributes, management attributes and continual development consistently demonstrate excellence.”