May 15, 2013

Five College of Engineering faculty were awarded the 2013 Tiger Athletic Foundation Michael R. Mangham College of Engineering Memorial Teaching Award, which recognizes professors who demonstrate excellence in instruction.

This year’s College of Engineering recipients are:

  • Cristina Savliov, associate professor, biological and agricultural engineering
  • Andrew Wojtanowicz, designated professor, petroleum engineering
  • Coretta Douglas, instructor, electrical engineering and computer science
  • Kerry Reed, instructor, civil and environmental engineering
  • David Bowles, technical communications instructor, engineering communication studio

“Sometimes, I have been given the label of being a difficult instructor and that description may be more correct than incorrect,” Douglas said. “But because so much software today is essential and is safety-critical code, in my classes, I emphasize implementing code that has been verified and validated, that has been tested rigorously and that is well-documented. Programming standards such as these may be challenging to some students. I hope that the College of Engineering, in granting me the TAF Teaching Award, recognizes my commitment to rigorously preparing students for work and/or research in fields requiring software development.”  

Recipients of the award were recognized at the annual LSU Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony held on April 30 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

The Memorial Scholarship honors the life of Michael Ray “Mickey” Mangham, the former chairman of the Tiger Athletic Foundation and LSU football player. He graduated from LSU in 1962 with a petroleum engineering degree, and he earned a law degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1966.

“Teaching really is its own reward, but it is always nice to be recognized,” Bowles said.  “I am so fortunate to have multiple settings in which I teach. My classroom work gives me a chance to connect with a small group of students throughout a semester, but my studio teaching puts me in contact with literally thousands of students each semester. When I walk through the halls of Patrick Taylor and I know the names of students, faculty and staff as they pass, I realize that I am a small part of something much bigger here in the College of Engineering. And I feel that it is something that is working, and working well.  I am honored by the award, but it really would be impossible without the students, the programs and the amazing folks with whom I work. There is nowhere I’d rather be and nothing I’d rather be doing.”

The Tiger Athletic Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that works to support LSU and the athletic program. TAF plays significant roles in the lives of current student-athletes and those that have graduated from the University. Throughout the years, TAF has also contributed to the LSU community by providing private funding and scholarships, new facilities and facility upgrades.

Though TAF highlights the athletic abilities of the LSU Tigers, it does not overlook the dedication of dynamic professors that diligently work with the student-athletes in the classroom. The College of Engineering appreciates the support and acknowledgement of teaching as a vital component in our service to Louisiana.


Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Mimi LaValle, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-5706. 

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