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. 

A. Pouyan Nejadhashemi, (Group photo, first from left) an associate professor of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is recognized at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for his high quality instruction. Most notably, students appreciate his knowledge, and especially his passion for ecohydrology, which is highly contagious. He additionally is recognized for his dedication to ensuring that each student builds upon his or her educational ambitions and succeeds in meeting individual learning goals. Student comments focus on his talent for teaching, passion for the subject matter, and deep caring for students. As one student notes, “Dr. Pouyan has been one of the best professors that I have had my whole BAE academic career. He truly cares that all of his students are successful, and is also so passionate about hydrology.” Another added, “He truly cares about the success of his students and ensures everyone is reaching his/ her potential.” A number of students noted that his love of teaching and sense of humor contributes to the learning environment. Nejadhashemi often has perfect or near perfect SIRS scores, as students complete his classes feeling comfortable, excited, and confident in what they have learned. They often comment how they come away from his classes with an incredibly high understanding, a thirst to learn more, and a high level of respect for the resource of water, which indicates a deep level of learning. Nejadhashemi’s dedication to students, and highly effective teaching style and personality, make him an extremely valuable asset in educating and inspiring young professionals and future engineers.





Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering