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.  

Rigoberto Burgueño (Group photo, 3rd from left) is an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A three-time recipient of the Withrow Teaching Excellence Award, he is a dedicated and passionate teacher who cares about student learning and strives hard to relate “real” life structural engineering to classroom instructions. He has high standards, expects students to work hard, and yet gives his time generously to facilitate learning. Students respond very well to his challenging style. As one student notes: “Dr. Burgueño challenges the students to go above and beyond what is taught in class.” Another student notes in the nomination form that Dr. Burgueño is, “one of the few instructors that demand not adequacy but excellence from his students.” 





Civil and Environmental Engineering