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ICFAR congratulates one of its faculty members, Dr. Jason Gerhard, for winning the Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thu, 12/15/2016

The recipient of this year’s Faculty Award: R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to an outstanding Western Engineering faculty member to recognize his or her exceptional contributions to University teaching and the promotion of academic excellence amongst our students.  I am pleased to announce that the selection committee has chosen Dr. Jason Gerhard, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as this year’s recipient.

Dr. Jason Gerhard has been a faculty member at Western since 2007 and has made significant contributions to the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering.   As a dedicated teacher he is continually revising his course design to be engaging, interactive and up-to-the-moment relevant for all his students.  His courses always focus on developing thinking and communication skills in addition to technical knowledge and appreciating the complexity of social, economic and environmental factors.  He teaches with both energy and enthusiasm for his field and is regularly cited by his students as “one of the best Professors I have had at my time at Western”.  Dr. Gerhard has received numerous teaching awards including several USC Teaching Honour Roll Awards of Excellence.  Additionally, he is an exceptional graduate student mentor which can be demonstrated in many aspects including the success of the RESTORE group which provides industrial connections, weekly meetings, social events, field trips and development opportunities.  Dr. Gerhard’s success with his students has shown through their accomplishments whereby 5 of his 8 postdocs are now in faculty positions and almost all of his graduate students who are not in academia, occupy positions in Canadian environmental engineering companies.  His passion, dedication, approachableness and innovative approaches to teaching have built his reputation as a highly preferred professor.

Please join me in congratulating Jason on this outstanding achievement!

(Taken from an email written by Dean A Hrymak December 15, 2016)


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