Engineering Education Excellence Award

Deadline: March 31
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.

2019 Engineering Education Excellence Award
Daniel B. Oerther, Ph.D, P.E.

Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, P.E., BCEE, CEngDaniel B. Oerther, PhD, P.E., BCEE, CEng is an American science diplomat, social entrepreneur, and professor of environmental health engineering who advocates for professional licensure in higher education. Dan is best known for innovation within and beyond the classroom including blended, flipped, and mastery pedagogy to increase the time for active learning with students to link engineering education with professional practice. He holds a BA in biology and a BS, MS, and PhD in environmental engineering. Dan is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, Missouri, and Ohio. He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

After serving for ten years on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, including as Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dan joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010 as the John A. and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair of Civil Engineering. Since 2014, he serves concurrently as the senior science advisor in the US Secretary of States’s Office of Global Food Security.

Professor Oerther is active in the National Society of Professional Engineers and member organizations, including as past president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and organizer of educational sessions for the annual meeting of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. Some of Dan’s additional teaching awards include: the 2004 Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, the 2005 Ohio Engineering Educator of the Year from OSPE, the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Award from the AAEES, the 2017 Frederick G. Pohland Medal for, “sustained and outstanding efforts to bridge environmental engineering research, education, and practice,” from the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation, and the 2019 Robert G. Quinn Award for, “outstanding contributions in providing and promoting excellence in experimentation and laboratory instruction,” from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Professor Oerther is a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Royal Society for Arts, the American Academy of Nursing, and Academy of Nursing Education, and he is a lifetime honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau the International Honor Society of Nursing.