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USF Educator Named Carnegie Professor of the Year

Nov 15, 2012

A University of South Florida professor is one of just four recipients of what's considered one of the nation's highest honors for undergraduate teaching.

USF Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw (center) with students
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Mechanical Engineering Professor Autar Kaw has been named "Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Kaw, who has taught at USF for 25 years, was selected in the category of Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year.

According to USF News, Kaw was chosen for his innovative work in using technology and social media to reach millions of students around the world studying to be engineers.

Known to millions of engineering students around the world as the “Numerical Methods Guy” through his Holistic Numerical Methods Institute website, his blog and YouTube video lectures, Kaw has dedicated his career to eliminating one of the most significant obstacles to engineering students being successful by providing students everywhere free access to supplemental lessons.

Kaw, along with the three other winners, beat out over 300 nominees. They were honored in events at the National Press Club and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Thursday.