Congratulations to the faculty of Virginia Tech Engineering being honored with a 2023 Dean’s Award for Excellence.

Virginia Tech is celebrated in the commonwealth and throughout the nation for the excellence of our programs in engineering education, research, and public service. The Dean's Awards for Excellence recognize our faculty members' incredible work, which has directly or indirectly impacted the success of our students.

Among this year’s complete class of award winners were multiple faculty hailing from the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, recognized by Dean Julia Ross in early May.

Dean Julia Ross, Todd Lowe, Department Head Ella Atkins

Excellence in Teaching: Todd Lowe

Examples of activities that may be recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award include: classroom teaching improvements, new course development, curricular reform, distance learning and web-based courses, guidance of student projects, or a stellar record in graduate student supervision.

Dean Julia Ross, Robert Canfield, Department Head Ella Atkins

Excellence in Service: Robert Canfield

Examples of activities that may be recognized for Excellence in Service: outreach and economic development; professional service such as editorial work, professional society work, or conference organization; advising student organizations; administrative work within a department or the college beyond the call of duty.

Dean Julia Ross, Yao Fu, Department Head Ella Atkins

Outstanding New Assistant Professor: Yao (Yolanda) Fu

This award is presented to recently hired tenure-track faculty who have performed exceptionally well in scholarship, research, and teaching.  

Dean Julia Ross, Scott England, Department Head Ella Atkins

Certificate of Teaching Excellence: Scott England

The Certificates of Teaching Excellence are awarded annually by the university to 21 faculty members, selected by the individual colleges, proportionate to the number of instructional faculty positions allotted to each college.  Teaching excellence is recognized through evidence of effective student learning, exemplary curriculum design, professional development, and impact beyond Virginia Tech.