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​​Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society debuts its “Teaching Honor Roll”

The award ​recognizes the extraordinary teaching of 12 educators in the School of Engineering.

​​Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society debuts its “Teaching Honor Roll”

December 6, 2017
Stanford Engineering Quad

The Stanford chapter of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, is proud to announce the inaugural “Teaching Honor Roll,” which recognizes the extraordinary teaching of 12 educators in the School of Engineering.

Selection criteria include great teaching, extraordinary inspiration to study a topic, outstanding mentoring and particularly creative lecturing, but are by no means limited to these characteristics. Any undergraduate in the School of Engineering can nominate an instructor.

The 2017 honorees in the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll are:

  • John Barton, Civil and Environmental Engineering, nominated by Nikhil Chaudhuri
  • Stephen Boyd, Electrical Engineering, nominated by Rebecca Wong
  • Jennifer Dionne, Materials Science and Engineering, nominated by Derek Wang
  • Mykel Kochenderfer, Aeronautics and Astronautics, nominated by Kat Gregory
  • Percy Liang, Computer Science, nominated by Darren Hau
  • Reza Mahalati, Electrical Engineering, nominated by Thomas Teisberg
  • Paul Mitiguy, Mechanical Engineering, nominated by Marina Dimitrov
  • Parviz Moin, Mechanical Engineering, nominated by Andy Ylitalo
  • Rahul Prabala, Electrical Engineering, nominated by Wendy Li
  • Manu Prakash, Bioengineering, nominated by Michael Becich
  • Tim Roughgarden, Computer Science, nominated by Vihan Lakshman and Prasanna Ramakrishnan
  • Keith Schwarz, Computer Science, nominated by Jeremy Marcelo

“Stanford is one of the world’s premier schools for research, and there are many awards that recognize this outstanding record. However, Stanford is also a university committed to excellent teaching, and recognition for this is lacking in comparison,” said Tim Schnabel, a PhD candidate in bioengineering and Stanford TBP Advisory Board chair who led the Teaching Honor Roll initiative. “I am beyond happy to have seen the Teaching Honor Roll to fruition and hope that this student-led initiative will bring a new spotlight on the importance of great teaching and mentorship.”

“I’m so glad to be able to make an impact with EE108,” said Rahul Prabala on hearing the news of his inclusion. “And I’m honored to be part of the first TBP Teaching Honor Roll.”

The honor roll will be displayed in the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, with plaques bearing the names and short quotes from this year’s 12 recipients. The Teaching Honor Roll wall can be found on the ground floor of Huang, near NVIDIA Auditorium. In subsequent years, a list of previous winners will be maintained on the Tau Beta Pi Honor Roll website.

Tau Beta Pi is the nation’s second oldest honor society. Founded in 1885, it has chapters in at least 242 U.S. colleges and universities and a membership of well over 550,000. Tau Beta Pi promotes academic excellence, civic leadership and community service for students. In their duties, members organize panel discussions, host industry dinners and conduct math and science programs at local K-12 schools, among many other activities.