Autar Kaw is one of four professors - selected from more than 300 nominees - to receive the award that is considered the nation's highest honor for undergraduate teaching.
Autar Kaw, a professor of mechanical engineering in University of South Florida has been named as a 2012 US Professor of the Year. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has awarded Kaw for his outstanding works.
Born in India, Kaw has received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, Pilani and his master's and PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University.
According to University release, Prof Kaw was honoured during an event at the National Press Club and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC last week. He is one of four professors - selected from more than 300 nominees - to receive the award that is considered the nation's highest honor for undergraduate teaching. Kaw was selected in the category of Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year.
Prof Kaw has been associated with Florida University for more than two decades. He was lauded for his innovative work in using technology and social media to reach tens of thousands of students around the world studying to be engineers. Known to engineering students around the world as the "Numerical Methods Guy" through his "Holistic Numerical Methods Institute website", his blog and YouTube video lectures, Kaw has dedicated his career to eliminating one of the most significant obstacles to engineering students being successful by providing students everywhere free access to supplemental lessons.
He is also a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Engineering Education. In 2011, he was awarded the National Outstanding Teaching Medal from the American Society for Engineering Education. A prolific writer, he has authored four text books and scores of academic articles.