MSE professor and graduate student voted as top teachers of the year

Professor Zhirui Wang and MASc candidate Leo Monaco win inaugural Impact Student Choice Teaching Awards


Photo L to R: Professor Jun Nogami, Chair; Professor Zhirui Wang (Instructor of the Year), MASc Candidate Leo Monaco (TA of the Year); Kyle S. (MSE 1T1 | Chair, MSE Club); Jacquelyn M. (MSE 1T2 | Vice-Chair, MSE Club)

February 7, 2011

The winners of the inaugural Impact Student Choice Awards for Instructor and Teaching Assistant (TA) of the Year were announced this past weekend at the annual MSE Dinner Dance. Selected by the undergraduate student body “for dedication and excellence in teaching,” the 2011 awardees were Professor Zhirui Wang (Instructor of the Year, MSE 316S: Mechanical Behaviour of Materials / MSE 419F: Fracture & Failure Analysis) and Leo Monaco (MSE 1T0, MASc Candidate | TA of the Year, MSE 342F: Nanomaterials).

“It was wonderful to have awards for teaching that were voted on by students” said Professor Jun Nogami, Chair. “And it was great to see them presented by and in front of our students at the Dinner Dance.”

The annual Impact Student Choice Awards recognize an MSE undergraduate instructor and teaching assistant as selected by the student body. Named after the Department magazine, Impact, the award title makes reference to both materials testing and the influential effect of professional dedication and excellence.

The awardees received a framed certificate encased with several samples of impact testing from the ballistics experiment conducted in MSE 101, courtesy of Dr. Scott Ramsay (MSE PhD 0T7), Adjunct Professor. A plaque with each year’s awardees will also be on display in the Department on an ongoing basis.