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Ewoldt wins 2018 Collins Award


Randy Ewoldt
Randy Ewoldt
Associate Professor Randy Ewoldt has been awarded the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching from the College of Engineering.

Ewoldt has an innovation-focused mindset that is evident in his approach to teaching. In 2017, he was presented with the MechSE Alumni Two-Year Effective Teaching Award, an award that speaks of the significance a professor has on the alumni two years after graduation.

Ewoldt regularly receives excellent teaching scores, he has been included on the university’s “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” for all of the nine semesters in which he has taught. In 2015, he won the Rose Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering. 

During Fall 2012 and Fall 2013, he co-developed ArtD 301 with Professor Sung Soo Shin, which is a junior level industrial design studio course entitled “Industrial Design III Junior Studio”. In this, students were to creatively use rheology as disruptive technology in industrial design studio projects.

Ewoldt earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2004, and then continued on to receive M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota from 2009 to 2011 before coming to Illinois to join the MechSE Department in 2011.

The Collins Award for Innovative Teaching is named for W. Leighton Collins, who was a faculty member in the College of Engineering from 1929 to 1965, and former executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education. He was a pioneer in ASEE, and helped to shape engineering instruction in the U.S.