Each spring, IEEE-HKN invites all chapters to nominate an electrical/computer engineering professor for the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award.

Deadline to submit applications: 7 May

Prize: Plaque

Award purpose

The award is intended to recognize the central and crucial role of college professors in training and motivating future electrical and computer engineers. The program attempts to identify and give national recognition to electrical engineering professors who have demonstrated, early in their careers, special dedication and creativity in their teaching responsibilities. Thus it is, in part, a counterbalance to the significant pressure for research and publication performance on young professors, and a re-affirmation of the basic and essential need of excellence in teaching.

Award Sub-Committee

  • Stephen Phillips, Chair
  • Siddharth Suryanarayanan
  • R. Joe Stanley

Applying for the award

Applications are due for this award by 7 May. Submissions must be sent electronically.

Submit the award application on the IEEE EAB Awards portal

Award history

C. Holmes MacDonald was instrumental in starting this award in 1972. MacDonald, a Bell Telephone engineer, was a long-time member of the Philadelphia alumni chapter and a past national director of HKN. After his retirement from Bell Telephone, MacDonald, pursuing his love for teaching, became a professor at Drexel University. It was at this point that MacDonald became aware of the need to recognize and encourage young electrical engineering teachers. Shortly after Holmes’ death in 1975, the award took his name: the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award.

Past Award Winners

2017: Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan, Colorado State University

2016:  Dr. Ronald Joe Stanley, Missouri University of Science and Technology

2015: Dr. Preethika Kumar, Wichita State University.

2014: Dr. Dmitriy Garmatyuk, Miami University

2013: Dr. Gayatri Mehta, University of North Texas

2012: Dr. Timothy P. Kurzweg, Drexel University

2011: Sayan Mitra, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2010: Dr. Barry E. Mullins, Air Force Institute of Technology

2009: Dimitrios Peroulis, Purdue University

2008: No Award Given

2007: No Award Given

2006: No Award Given

2005: Dr. Thomas M. Talavage, Purdue University

2004: Annette von Jouanne, Oregon State University

2003: Dr. Daryl G. Beetner, University of Missouri – Rolla

2002: Dr. Noel N. Schulz, Mississippi State University

2001: Dr. Richard R. Shultz, University of North Dakota

2000: Sheila S. Hemami, Cornell University

1999: Dr. Richard G. Baraniuk, Rice University

1998: Dr. Aleta M. Ricciardi, University of Texas at Austin

1997: Dr. Wen-Mei Hwu, University of Illinois – Urbana

1996: Dr. John D. Cressler, Auburn University

1995: Dr. Jo Dale Carothers, University of Arizona

1994: Dr. Bruce L. Walcott, University of Kentucky

1993: Dr. Denice Dee Denton, University of Wisconsin at Madison

1992: Dr. Barry W. Johnson, University of Virginia

1991: Dr. Moshe Kam, Drexel University

1990: Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology

1989: No Award Given

1988: Dr. Clifford R. Pollock, Cornell University

1987: Dr. David G. Meyer, Purdue University

1986: Dr. A. Richard Newton, University of California – Berkeley

1985: No Award Given

1984: Dr. Andrew J. Blanchard, University of Texas at Arlington

1983: No Award Given

1982: Dr. C. Richard Johnson, Cornell University

1981: Dr. Richard O. Claus, Virginia Poly. Institute

1980: No Award Given

1979: Dr. Peter S. Maybeck, Air Force Institute of Technology

1978: Dr. Russell J. Niederjohn, Marquette University

1977: Dr. John E. Fagan, University of Oklahoma

1976: Dr. Stanley R. Liberty, Texas Tech University

1975: Dr. Bruce A. Eisenstein, Drexel University

1974: Dr. Lloyd J. Griffiths, University of Colorado

1973: Dr. James Heinin, Marquette University

1972: Dr. Charles Vincent Smith, University of Texas at Arlington

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