Duane Cronin, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 2013

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Duane Cronin head shot
Duane Cronin, an associate professor in the department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, has been a member of the University of Waterloo since 2001. He is widely known for his ability to trigger student interest in the driest topics by constantly relating abstract ideas to real-world applications, like using a “bicycle pedal to show material fatigue”. Fostering critical analysis and a meaningful engagement with concepts, Cronin has a “unique way of challenging students to develop independent learning strategies”.  One student cites him as the catalyst for his “newfound joy in engineering”. His teaching extends beyond the classroom as Cronin is a source of guidance to many students. Under his supervision, students participated in various extra-curricular activities such as the mini Baja team and the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Cronin’s passion for teaching and commitment to his students truly makes him a “distinguished” teacher worthy of praise.