Dr. Ala Qattawi, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, recently received the 2021 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering.
Established in 1963, the Teetor Educational Award recognizes and honors younger engineering educators for their work in preparing students for their careers in engineering. Recipients include educators from more than 200 universities and colleges.
The Teetor Program also has provided more than 800 engineering educators the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with practicing engineers and a better understanding of their work.
“Since my Ph.D. degree is in automotive engineering, this award means a lot to me,” Qattawi said. “And as an educator and researcher, the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Program will help me participate and engage with other engineering educators and practicing engineers in the industry and government, and to prepare future engineers for careers in the automotive industry.”
A Teetor Educational Award nomination requires multiple support letters from graduate and undergraduate students, Qattawi said, along with a department chair and previous and current research mentors. The participants are normally awarded in a ceremony during the 2021 SAE WCX World Congress, but, due to the pandemic, the ceremony will take place virtually.