The American Society for Engineering Education has named Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Glenn Murphy Award winner for 2014.
The award, named for one of the pioneering leaders in nuclear engineering at the collegiate level over a four-decade career at Iowa State, is one of the society’s top honors.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive the Glenn Murphy award,” said Hines. ”It is great to be recognized for dedication to teaching excellence and to be associated with someone like him.”
The award, consisting of an honorarium and a certificate, is given annually to an ASEE faculty member serving in a full-time role in either the US or Canada.
Chosen by friends, colleagues, and former students of Murphy, the honoree must exhibit excellence in teaching, both in laboratories and classrooms; make significant contributions to literature in the field; use real-life issues or problems to get students involved; and put forward breakthrough ideas, analysis, or contributions to nuclear engineering.
“We’re extremely proud for Wes Hines to be considered for such a prestigious award, let alone be chosen as its recipient,” said Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering. “Being recognized by his peers at the highest level further cements the thought that our Department of Nuclear Engineering is on the right path.”
Hines said nuclear engineering prides itself on being forward-thinking.
“The use of such initiatives as offering the first master’s degree through distance delivery is just one way that we’ve taken new approaches to what we do,” he said.
The award is the latest for Hines, who has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Ohio State University and received a distinguished professor award from Duke Power as well as numerous research and teaching awards and fellowships since joining UT in 1995.
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