PITTSBURGH (March 25, 2019) — Honoring commitment to
excellence and diversity in engineering education, the American Society for
Engineering Education (ASEE) has selected professors at the University of
Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering to receive two of its annual awards.
Jayant Rajgopal, PhD, professor of industrial engineering,
won the John
L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering Education. Dr.
Rajgopal is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
(IISE), a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management
Sciences (INFORMS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
The John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial
Engineering Education honors an individual “who has made outstanding
contributions in the field of industrial engineering education and has
demonstrated global cooperation and understanding through leadership and other
initiatives,” according to the ASEE. The award was endowed from the estate of
the late Professor John L. Imhoff and includes a $1,000 honorarium.
Sylvanus Wosu, PhD, associate dean for diversity affairs and
associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, won the DuPont
Minorities in Engineering Award. Under Dr. Wosu’s direction, the
Engineering Office of Diversity offers programs to foster diversity at the
pre-college, undergraduate and graduate levels. Previously he has been recognized
by NSF and AIChE for leadership and support of current and aspiring minority
faculty in chemical engineering.
According to ASEE the DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award
recognizes the importance of student diversity by ethnicity and gender in
science, engineering and technology. The recipient demonstrates outstanding
achievements in increasing student diversity within engineering programs and is
charged with motivating underrepresented students to enter into and continue
engineering education. Endowed by DuPont, the award includes a $1,500
honorarium, a certificate and a $500 grant for travel expenses to the ASEE
The ASEE will honor Drs. Rajgopal and Wosu at the Annual
Awards Luncheon during their Annual Conference and Exposition on Wednesday,
June 19, 2019, at the Tampa Convention Center.
“We at Swanson are impressed every day by our dedicated and
talented faculty and their commitment to engineering education,” says U.S.
Steel Dean of Engineering James Martin. “The multiple awards from ASEE this
year further prove our faculty’s devotion to innovation in engineering
education today and into the future.”
Contact: Maggie Pavlick