Thursday, January 8, 2015
photo of David BrushDavid Brush, a civil and environmental engineering lecturer, is the first recipient of Waterloo Engineering Society's Engineering Society Teaching Excellence Award introduced to promote and reward faculty or staff's outstanding contributions toward undergraduate learning.
 
Honourable mentions were received by Mark Smucker, a management sciences professor, and Carol Hulls, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering lecturer.
 
As part of the selection process for EngSoc's teaching award nominations were accepted from students describing how instructors exemplified in one or more categories. The categories included using non-conventional teaching techniques, allowing opportunities for experiential learning, and/or showing a commitment and dedication towards ensuring academic success for our students.
 

Going above and beyond

 
Students noted that Brush has gone above and beyond to ensure his class receives the help it needs through a variety of ways including hosting extra office hours and uploading fully annotated notes to Learn for students who missed classes due to interviews.
 
“Some of the best labs from my three years here were in Professor Brush’s classes,” said Dylan Dowling, a third-year civil engineering student.
 
Devansh Malik and Summer Kavan interviewed Brush about his thoughts on teaching for the November 22 edition of the Iron Warrior.
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