Congratulations to this year’s winners of the University of Utah College of Engineering Teaching and Staff Awards, given to those for outstanding work in the college this last year.


The awards were announced during Dean Richard B. Brown’s annual fall faculty meeting Friday, Aug. 21. We’re proud of all of the honorees!

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

COE Outstanding Teacher

Michael Nigra (Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering)

“Professor Nigra’s passion for teaching is reflected in how he structures his class to ensure that his students are active participants and retain interest in the class and topics. He creates a friendly and comfortable learning environment. His passion for his research and the course subject is evident during lectures as is his noticeable excitement and well-timed wit which encourages students’ interest in the subject.”


COE Outstanding Staff

Christina Bushman (Administrative Program Coordinator, Chemical Engineering)

“Christina is simply phenomenal at all that she does. She is the hub for department activity, and is typically the default staff resource for most questions. She is a supremely dedicated and hard-working employee and sets a tone in the office environment of warmth and friendliness that is noticed and appreciated by all who enter.”