Withrow Teaching Excellence Award


March 24, 2015 

The 25th anniversary of the Engineering Awards Luncheon celebrated teachers, scholars and service on March 19 at the University Club of Michigan State University. 

Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, welcomed all of the guests and congratulated the winners of some of the college’s most prestigious awards.The 25th Annual Engineering Awards ceremony honored (front) A. Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Lindsay Niesen, Abdol-Hossein Esfahanian, Subir Biswas, and Carmellia Davis-King, and (back) Rigoberto Burgueno, Neil Wright, Hayder Radha, and Lixin Dong. Missing from photo is Thomas Bieler.

Withrow Teaching Excellence Awards honor faculty teaching, advising and mentoring skills. One faculty member is selected from each academic unit, based primarily on nominations from students.  

Abdol-Hossein Esfahanian, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a dedicated and passionate teacher to students of wide-ranging backgrounds, including students who require basic, introductory computer science material, as well as students with advanced computer science degrees who are investigating challenging theoretical issues. He creates an exceptional learning environment through interactive lecture sessions, welcoming students to ask questions and providing opportunities to solve problems in class. Based on his deep knowledge of the subject areas, he creates experiences of practical problem solving that are extremely helpful in gaining a deeper understanding of the course material. While his assignments are challenging, they are often entertaining. Esfahanian gives students a broad set of problem-solving skills and new ways of thinking about difficult problems.

Computer Science and Engineering