2016 Withrow Teaching Excellence Award

Year: 
2016

March 18, 2016

Ten receive top honors during 2016 Engineering Awards Luncheon 

Members of the Michigan State University College of Engineering gathered in the University Club March 17 to celebrate accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service at the 26th Engineering Awards Luncheon. 

Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, greeted more than 100 guests, along with the winners of the prestigious awards during the annual spring ceremony.

The College of Engineering handed out some of its most prestigious recognitions on March 17 during the annual Engineering Awards lunch. Honored were (from left) Alison Cupples, Truman Surbrook, Nikki Shook, Richard Lunt, Rebecca Anthony, Prem Chahal, Charles Ofria, Judith Cordes, Daina Briedis, and Charles Owen.

The Withrow Endowed Teacher/Scholar/Service Award Program was established by the Withrow family to recognize faculty of the MSU College of Engineering who have demonstrated excellence in instructional and scholarly activities and rendered distinguished service to the university and the student body. Jack Withrow earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MSU in 1954 and an MBA in 1971. He retired as executive vice president at Chrysler Corp. in 1988, and then served as president and chief operating officer at Lectron Products Inc., from 1989 to 1995. He received the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984. Dottie Withrow earned a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy and elementary education from MSU in 1955 and a master’s degree in teaching from Oakland University. She was a special education teacher in West Bloomfield Schools for many years and published a children’s book that promotes responsible pet care and a second book that teaches children about opera.

Alison Cupples, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was chosen for the Withrow Award by a student selection committee that cited her excellence across all classes - from a 200-level class of more than 100 students, to 400-level and graduate classes in the major. Among the many positive comments 

included in student nomination forms, four qualities were consistently stated: caring for students and their learning, ability to clearly explain complex principles, excellent organization of her courses and course materials, and promoting an atmosphere of professionalism and respect. As one student noted, “This was a great intro to environmental engineering, and Dr. Cupples loves what she teaches.” 

Read more on the award winners. (.pdf)

Department: 
Civil and Environmental Engineering