MechSE professor Harry Dankowicz has won the Fred Merryfield Design Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.
Creativity and demonstrated excellence in the teaching of engineering design characterize the recipients of the Merryfield Award. Among other qualifications, the winners of this award must have demonstrated excellence in teaching engineering design and ability to inspire students to high levels of accomplishment.
Established in 1981 by CH2M Hill in memory of Fred Merryfield, this award recognizes an engineering educator for excellence in teaching of engineering design and acknowledges other significant contributions related to engineering design teaching.
Professor Dankowicz received his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 1995, after getting an M.S.C. in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. After serving on the Virginia Tech faculty from 1999 to 2005, he joined the MechSE faculty at Illinois in 2005.
Professor Dankowicz's design research has spanned a number of fields, and he continually seeks to provide students opportunities to take on real-world projects rooted in actual engineering design.