Deadline: March 31
2013 ENGINEERING EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINATION FORM
The Sustaining Universities Program of the Professional Engineers in Higher Education of the National Society of Professional Engineers has established an award to recognize engineering educators each year.
This national award recognizes engineering faculty who have demonstrated the ability to link engineering education with professional practice. The recipients must be licensed and have a faculty appointment in an ABET-accredited engineering program. The recipients of the award will be recognized on the NSPE Web site and will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
2013 Engineering Education Excellence Award
Richard Noble, Ph.D., P.E.
Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Professor of Chemical Engineering
Co-Director, NSF I/U CRC Membrane Applied
Science and Technology Center
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Prof. Rich is a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and has been continuously licensed since 1980. Throughout Rich's academic career, he has linked engineering education with professional practice, and made a major impact doing so in his area of engineering research specialization, separations.
He teaches a course on Environmental Separations. In this course, students are put into
groups of four or five and they work on a project generated by local companies. They meet with
the industrial representative at the initiation of the project, after three weeks and at the
completion. Each group then goes to the company site to give an oral presentation on their
results as well as provide a written report. In almost every case, the company will then
implement the findings.
In 1990, he founded and continues as Co-Director for the NSF Membrane Applied
Science and Technology (MAST) Center. This Center is a National Science Foundation
Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/U CRC). It is the only block-funded center
in the U.S. that is focused on this important engineering technology area. This center is the
leading membrane research center in the US and an outstanding example of university-industry