Associate Professor Devin Berg (right) photo courtesy of UW-Stout
University of Wisconsin-Stout professor Devin Berg has been awarded the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education. Berg is an associate professor of the Engineering and Technology Department at UW-Stout.
Berg, who is the director of the undergraduate mechanical engineering program, will accept the award at the annual ASEE conference in June in Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes professors with five or less years of teaching experience who are committed to mechanics education.
Berg seeks to stress the importance of applied learning in his classes. "With each course I lead, I commit to including a hands-on course projected in which students demonstrate and interpret the fundamental mechanics theory found in everyday objects," he said. "This helps students see the value of their engineering science courses by making a strong connection to the applications found in the world around them."
Since starting work at UW-Stout in 2012, Professor Berg has helped to create the school's mechanical engineering program and has developed the program's curriculum. Berg has also worked closely with WiSys Technology Foundation, inviting WiSys Regional Associate Kristen Ruka to give lectures to his classes, and personally referring students to work with the foundation.
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