Eric Shaqfeh, the Lester Levi Carter Professor of Engineering, has been honored by the Stanford School of Engineering with the 2013 Dean's Award for Industry Education Innovation. The award, given annually since 2001, recognizes outstanding teaching and exemplary leadership in delivering Stanford engineering curriculum to industry.
Shaqfeh, a professor of chemical and mechanical engineering and chair of the chemical engineering department, has taught courses for the past 10 years through the Stanford Center for Professional Development, which provides graduate-level education for working professionals.
"Eric's energy and commitment to industry education are exemplary. The School is grateful for his leadership and passion that inspired the Molecular Engineering of Energy Technologies Graduate Certificate program," said Bernd Girod, senior associate dean for online learning and professional development, Stanford School of Engineering.
Stanford Engineering's connections with industry have been a key part of our history dating back to Frederick Terman, legendary dean of engineering in the 1960s. "Eric's teaching through SCPD and his leadership in developing new programs continue this legacy" said Jim Plummer, current dean of the School of Engineering.
Shaqfeh has received many honors for his work, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013, the APS Francois N. Frenkiel Award, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the Camile and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Bingham medal from the Society of Rheology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has served as an Associate Editor of Physics of Fluids since 2006.
The Stanford Center for Professional Development connects working professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of Stanford University faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for master of science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate and professional certificates, take individual graduate and professional courses, participate in workshops, view free online seminars and more. Custom programs and courses are delivered online, on the Stanford campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the work site, and in a blend of modalities.
The Stanford School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, medicine, energy, business and beyond. The faculty, students and alumni of Stanford Engineering have established thousands of companies and laid the technological and business foundations for Silicon Valley. Founded in 1925, the school has a tradition of pursuing multidisciplinary collaboration aimed at solving the most pressing global problems.