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Butalia recognized as outstanding teacher

Each year, undergraduate students in the College of Engineering nominate and elect an instructor who has demonstrated outstanding teaching ability and a willingness to help students achieve their educational goals.

Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, Research Associate Professor in the the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, was presented with the Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching at the 22nd Annual College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Awards event held on April 25, 2019. 

Prof. Butalia (center) poses with COE Engineers Council students Matt Thurman (L) and David Kormos (R) at the 22nd Annual College of Distinguished Faculty Awards event.

A past recipient of numerous academic awards, Professor Butalia was particularly moved by this recognition. "This has to be the best award I have ever received – nominated and selected by students!" he said. "Teaching the student leaders of today and tomorrow is not a responsibility for me – it is an honor."

Students appreciate Butalia's hands-on approach to the challenging coursework he presents in engineering classes. "Dr. Butalia genuinely cares about his students and their success," offered one student. "I teach students from their perspective and I get to know each student personally," Butalia explained. "They put in the hard work but I see it as my responsibility to motivate them to do better."

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