IEEE honors Texas A&M professor for undergraduate teaching excellence

April 4, 2003

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The IEEE has named Mehrdad (Mark) Ehsani, professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, as recipient of the 2003 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award. Sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes inspirational teaching of undergraduate students in the fields of interest of IEEE. This year's award recognizes Ehsani for his contributions to advanced curriculum development and his teaching of power electronics and drives and will be presented in October at the 2003 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ehsani established one of the country's first motor drive and power electronics programs at Texas A&M in the early 1980s. Creating his own teaching materials, he built a program that has hosted roughly 1,200 undergraduates, many of whom have successful careers in the field. Ehsani also has directed the Texas Applied Power Electronics Center and currently directs the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research program. A Fellow of the IEEE, Ehsani has served on many of its committees, including chair of education for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. His honors also include a Halliburton Professorship, Dresser Industries Professorship and Ruth and William Neely/Dow Chemical Fellowship at Texas A&M. A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Ehsani earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 380,000 members in approximately 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications, to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. Additional information is available at http://www.ieee.org. Contact: Mark Ehsani 979-845-7582 ehsani@ee.tamu.edu

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