ChemE's Tisdale Receives Baker Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Published in MIT News on May 15, 2014, by Melanie Miller Kaufman, Department of Chemical Engineering

On May 8, William A. Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, received the Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This Institute-wide award is given annually to an MIT faculty member in recognition of his or her “exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates.” It is the only teaching award in which the nomination and selection of recipients is done entirely by students.William A. Tisdale

“This is a truly unexpected and deeply meaningful honor — especially knowing that it came from the students,” Tisdale says. “It is quite humbling to have my name included among the past award recipients. I’m convinced that the recognition is due in no small part to the inspiring example and mentorship that Alan [Hatton] has provided me as my senior faculty co-instructor in 10.302. I am also amazed at the dedication and respect the MIT undergraduate students show toward their own learning; it is a privilege to teach such capable and willing minds.

T. Alan Hatton, the Ralph Landau Professor of Chemical Engineering Practice, won the Baker Award in 1983. He and Tisdale co-taught 10.302 (Transport Processes), a chemical engineering course that focuses on “the ability to solve real heat- and mass-transfer problems of engineering significance.”

According to one of the student nominators, “It was a privilege to be a student in 10.302.”

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