The recipients of the annual Penn Engineering teaching and advising awards are selected directly by the engineering students after thoughtful consideration. SEAS is filled with gifted educators who continue to inspire students by their dedication and excellence.
The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award
Dr. Wen Shieh, a professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren Jr. Award, 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.
Dr. Shieh earned his BS in 1970 and a master’s degree in 1972, both in civil engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Dr. Shieh went on to earn a master’s in 1975 and a PhD in 1978, both in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
One student noted, “Professor Shieh is the most engaging professor I have had to date at Penn. Taking his class this semester on Engineering and the Environment has been extremely rewarding. His preparation for the course is remarkable, with detailed explanations and examples covered in class with even more detail in the textbook-like course notes that he has written online. His passion for the subject is overflowing when he teaches, and it is clear that he not only wants his students to learn the material, but he also thoroughly enjoys teaching it.”
Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising
Dr. Beth Winkelstein, professor in the department of bioengineering and associate dean for Undergraduate Education, has been awarded the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising. This award recognizes faculty dedication in helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals.
Dr. Winkelstein earned her BSE in bioengineering in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in biomedical engineering in 1999 from Duke University.
One student writes, “Dr. Winkelstein is a faculty advisor who is always willing to talk to her students about their academic and personal concerns. Not only does she check in with her advisees frequently, but she is genuinely interested in her students’ well-being. From career to curriculum questions, Dr. Winkelstein truly helps her advisees to achieve their potentials at Penn!”
Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track
Professor Jeffrey Babin, senior lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics and associate director of the engineering entrepreneurship program, is the recipient of the Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track. The Hatfield Award recognizes outstanding teaching ability, dedication to innovative undergraduate instruction, and exemplary service to the School in consistently inspiring students in the engineering and scientific profession.
Professor Babin received his bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA in 1991 from The Wharton School at Penn.
A student writes, “Professor Babin cultivates entrepreneurship at Penn through his EAS 545 and 546 classes. He not only teaches students about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, but also drives stimulating discussion in the classroom. His approachability outside the classroom has made him a mentor for many of his students, and one of my favorite professors at Penn.”