Associate Professor Randy Ewoldt and Teaching Assistant Professor Bruce Flachsbart have earned the 2021 MechSE Alumni Effective Teaching Awards. Flachsbart was named the winner of the Five-Year Effective Teaching Award, and Ewoldt was named the winner of the Two-Year Alumni Effective Teaching Award. Ewoldt and Flachsbart were also winners of these awards in 2020.
For more than 30 years the MechSE Alumni Board has sponsored two Alumni Effective Teaching Awards. The awards were established so that alumni two and five years into their professional careers have the opportunity to honor faculty whose teaching they now perceive as having had the greatest impact on their careers. They are voted on by former undergraduate students – this year, the classes of 2016 and 2019 – to recognize truly outstanding teaching in the department.
In the past few years, Ewoldt has taught many introductory courses in MechSE, such as ME 310, ME 470, TAM 251, and TAM 435. Flachsbart is known for teaching several of MechSE’s undergraduate design courses, including ME 270 and ME 370. He is also director of the Engineering Student Project Laboratory (ESPL), where he assists 10 project teams, including the car teams, with safety and project management.