ASEE honors Timothy Hinds with Distinguished Service Award 

Aug. 29, 2023 

Hinds recognized for meritorious contributions to ASEE

Michigan State University’s Timothy Hinds has been recognized with a top national honor from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) First-Year Programs Division (FPD). He was presented with the 2023 Distinguished Service Award.

Timothy Hinds and ASEE First-Year Programs Division Chair J. Blake Hylton
Timothy Hinds and ASEE First-Year Programs Division Chair J. Blake Hylton

FPD chair J. Blake Hylton said Hinds was congratulated and thanked for his “meritorious contributions to the division and its objectives.” The ceremony took place during this summer’s ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hinds is the director of the MSU College of Engineering’s Cornerstone and Residential Experience (CoRe). He has held several volunteer positions within the ASEE division, including chair, vice chair, immediate past chair, annual conference program chair, and executive board director. He has also served FPD in support of their First-Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) annual conference as general chair and host, program chair (two years), sponsorship chair (four years), and steering committee member (three years).

He has participated in 20 ASEE annual conferences and 10 FYEE conferences while also authoring or co-authoring 25 society publications.

Hinds said his ASEE volunteer work has provided national exposure for MSU’s highly successful CoRe program.

“We’re very proud of the many ways CoRe provides academic and co-curricular activities for our first-year engineering students,” Hinds said. “CoRe is aimed at building the whole engineer through academic, professional and personal skill building support,” he added.

Timothy Hines 27+ years of dedicated service were recognized Aug. 25 at the 2023 Colloquium.
Timothy Hinds' 27+ years of service were recognized Aug. 25 at the 2023 Colloquium. He retires Aug. 31.

Hinds has been CoRe director since 2018. He previously served as CoRe's academic director, beginning in 2007. From 2002-2006, he was an academic specialist in the MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering and served as the associate director for the Case Center for Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacturing from 1996-2002. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Hinds is an award-winning educator. In 2007, he received the Michigan State University Distinguished Academic Staff Award. Other honors include the College of Engineering Withrow Student Services Award in 2014, and he shared the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Curriculum Innovation Award in 2004. He is a fellow of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology (2020) and an inaugural fellow of the Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation (2009).

Hinds will retire from MSU on Aug. 31 after more than 27 years of service.

CoRe at MSU
Each year CoRe immerses more than 1,800 first-year students in hands-on design projects and provides a living-learning environment in MSU’s South Neighborhood for more than 1,400 of those students. In addition to classes and labs, special seminars, advising, and academic support are available within the residence halls. The co-curricular programming of CoRe is open to all engineering students. Learning from each other and through hands-on and co-curricular activities, students discover how to function in a collaborative, team-based, diverse setting.