Current Award Winner

 Dr. Jeong-Hoi Koo

Dr. James Chagdes

Arthur Olson Generational Outstanding Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Chagdes has demonstrated excellence in establishing a cumulative record of high-quality teaching in his courses. He has taught a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the MME/ECE programs. He uses several strategies in his classes to motivate students to engage with each other and actively learn complex scientific concepts and key engineering principles. In his courses, he emphasizes teamwork and communication between students to help them learn in a welcoming and professional environment. His enthusiasm and active engagement have been consistently recognized by his students who have provided excellent feedback from his courses.

Moreover, his instruction is also commended by graduates in the form of CTE commendations, one of which summarizes his student-focus and uncompromising pursuit of excellence in student-learning — “Dr. Chagdes is one of the most effective professors I had at Miami. He is so great at knowing what students understand and what concepts they're struggling with. But rather than shying away from difficult concepts, Dr. Chagdes finds a way to explain the concept in a different light in which students' will be able to understand.” His peers from his department and other departments have also commended his teaching style and efforts in their reviews.