Elizabeth ’79 and Michael Rudinica ’75, M.S. ’79 established an endowment in 2007 to recognize two meritorious faculty members each year. Mike shared that his motivation for the endowment stemmed from the profound difference faculty members made in his education.
The 2016 Rudinica Award for Teaching and Advising was presented to Matt Siniawski, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering. This award recognizes his ability to effectively engage students in course material, as well as his distinct interest in the academic well-being of the students and active participation in their advisement.
The 2016 Rudinica Award for Student/Faculty research was presented to Jeremy Pal, Ph.D., associate professor of civil engineering. This prize celebrates his effectiveness in developing research and creative projects for students and guiding them in their work, as well as Pal’s command of his discipline and continuous growth in his field of study.
Both awards honor the recipients’ ability to inspire independent and creative thinking in students and to encourage their intellectual interests and curiosity. Congratulations to our 2016 winners!