2016 Withrow Teaching Excellence Award


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.

Prem Chahal, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an excellent educator dedicated to ensuring that his students understand the concepts of his course. His reputation as an excellent instructor is supported by strong student evaluations through SIRS (including written feedback) and Students’ Opinion Course and Teaching (SOCT) evaluations over a broad spectrum of courses. Student evaluations included: “Dr. Chahal inspires students every day and really wants his students to learn the concept and to contribute to society through innovation.” “Makes great connections with students and instills a desire to learn in the classroom.” “I took the 405 final project way over the edge and he helped push. I spent countless hours on a project that could have been done in a couple days, but he had ideas and suggestions that led me to understanding the material in a way that I otherwise wouldn’t have.”

Read more on the award winners. (.pdf)

Electrical and Computer Engineering