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June 6, 2000
SDSM& T RECEIVES BOEING OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) received a prestigious award this past May solidifying the university and its programs as one of the best in the country. The Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production ( CAMP) at SDSM& T was recognized with the 2000 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award. The other two finalists for the award were Brigham Young University, and Purdue University.
“ A lot of things went through my mind when we got the call on May 3rd,” said Dr. Dan Dolan, Director of Academic Programs, CAMP. “ Elation, disbelief, certainly a lot of happiness.”
The Boeing Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and rewards faculty who have made outstanding contributions to undergraduate engineering education. The Boeing Company has a vested interest in the quality of education engineers are receiving as many are recruited and hired by the company itself. Thus, Boeing has made a commitment at the national level to recognize faculty for their remarkable quality of teaching through the Outstanding Educator Award.
CAMP was nominated for the award by Dr. Batchelder, Dr. Dolan, and Dr. Srinivasa Iyer, Director of Industry Programs, CAMP.
“ I am very proud of the efforts of the CAMP Directors in their preparation of the winning proposal for the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award,” said Dr. Wayne Krause, Interim Dean, College of Systems Engineering. “ They are an exceptional team and exemplify the traditions of excellence at SDSM& T.”
Each year a winner is selected based on improvements to undergraduate education in engineering. The award is biased toward submittals that offer long- term approaches, and recognize work that has had a demonstrable impact. By recognizing one institution annually, Boeing hopes to further encourage improvement in the education process.
The Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production ( CAMP) prepares students for the realities of today’s competitive workplace. CAMP utilizes the skills of Tech students who conduct interdisciplinary research and form enterprise teams. Oftentimes, these teams help private companies solve design and manufacturing challenges. At other times, as in the case of the Mini- Indy, Mini- Baja, Concrete Canoe, Solar Motion Team, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ( IEEE) Robotics Competition, and Human Powered Vehicle, the teams compete nationally with other tech- heavy colleges.
The vision of CAMP is to integrate students, faculty, and industry partners into a Center that provides a unique approach to engineering education. Its goals are 1) to develop an innovative educational program based on the concept of enterprise teams, 2) to create an electronic community to facilitate interaction between higher education and industry, and 3) to provide a focus to manufacturing technology assistance.
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- Page 2 - The goals of the CAMP program align closely with the desired attributes Boeing has identified for engineers within their company. The hands- on, practical experience students gain through the program better equip them for careers as an engineer, and match the qualities industry leaders are seeking as employees.
Desired attritubes of an engineer identified by Boeing that match- up with CAMP’s development include:
A good understanding of engineering science fundamentals
A good understanding of design and manufacturing processes
A multi- disciplinary, systems perspective
A basic understanding of the context in which engineering is practiced
Good communication skills
High ethical standards
An ability to think both critically and creatively – independently and cooperatively
Flexibility, the ability and self- confidence to adapt to rapid or major change
Curiosity and a desire to learn for life, and
A profound understanding of the importance of teamwork
Engineering students at Tech are learning these qualities in each class they take, each day they prepare for a competition, and each industry project they work on. From engineering fundamentals, to communication skills, to self- drive and initiative, CAMP students are assimilating the industry- demanded skills necessary to succeed.
The effect of CAMP is pervasive through courses, curricula, faculty, and students in all campus departments. More than 200 graduate and undergraduate students are directly affected by the program, and approximately 400 students, freshmen through seniors, are indirectly affected. Over the four years that engineering students spend on the Tech campus, most of them are touched by CAMP in some way either directly in a project or in a course or lab supported by the program.
Outside the university, CAMP also has an effect. It is connected with the Center for Manufacturing Technology at South Dakota State University, Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, and with regional industry and governmental agencies through student CAMP projects solving specific problems, developing products, or helping startup companies. In addition, the student teams have made dozens of visits to K- 12 classrooms, museums, and provided exhibits at the mall, communicating the excitement of engineering.
“ CAMP stands up to the competition and prepares graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to be leaders in industry,” said Dr. Richard Gowen, President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. “ It is a momentous occasion that we can celebrate the university’s selection as the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award. We need to seize this unique opportunity and utilize this financial endowment to move the CAMP program to the next level.”
As the winner of the Outstanding Educator Award, Boeing will present to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology a total of $ 50,000. These funds will consist of a cash award in the amount of $ 5,000 to be presented directly to the faculty team, a $ 20,000 unrestricted grant to further the work of the CAMP Program, and an additional $ 25,000 grant to the College of Systems Engineering for ongoing support of educational improvement.
The 2000 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award has truly recognized a university that strives each day to provide the best engineering education possible for its students. The award is an honor for the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and, in particular, for Professors Dr. Dan Dolan, Dr. Mike Batchelder, and Dr. Srinivasa Iyer, developers of the CAMP program.
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