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SEAS Teaching Awards
May 5, 2009, Volume 55, No. 32

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has announced the 2009 Teaching Awards.


Dr. Robert Ghrist, the Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and of Mathematics, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award. The award is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students in SEAS.

Dr. Ghrist, one of the world’s leading mathematicians, is the seventh “Penn Integrates Knowledge” (PIK) Professor. He received his bachelor’s degree (1989) in mechanical engineering, and master’s (1994) and PhD (1995) in applied mathematics from Cornell University.  Dr. Ghrist joined the Penn faculty in the fall of 2008 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was University Scholar and the Richard and Margaret Romano Professional Scholar. 

Following Dr. Ghrist’s first semester at Penn, a student wrote, “I have never had such an amazing professor. No one has ever gotten me so excited about the subject being taught, nor has helped me to understand it so well. I actually enjoy doing the homework to try out the methods he teaches us in class. This is strange, I know, since I used to loathe matrices. Dr. Ghrist is absolutely enthusiastic about just about anything on the face of the Earth that might express a pattern.”




Dr. Susan Margulies, professor of bioengineering, has been awarded the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising. The award recognizes dedication to helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals. Dr. Margulies received a BSE degree from Princeton University in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1982, and an MSE and PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1983 and 1987, respectively. In the words of a student, “Dr. Margulies inspired me to continue in bioengineering, and let me know of the many career options available. She was able to analyze my academic problems and provided such helpful advice. Despite not being my own faculty advisor, Dr. Margulies has been very helpful to me.” A member of the faculty since 1993, she won the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award in 1996.






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Almanac - May 5, 2009, Volume 55, No. 32