CBE Professors win the 2013 Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award
Jeff Tester and Claude Cohen are the winners of the 2013 College of Engineering's Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award.
Claude was recognized for his contributions to teaching CBE's Polymer Science course (ChemE 6400) to rising numbers of seniors and graduate students. Following the retirement of Emeritus professor Ferdinand Rodriguez in 2001, Claude took over this course and implemented several reforms, which transformed the course's emphasis on polymers fundamentals and updated its connections to contemporary polymer forming and fabrication processes. Despite the more challenging content, ChemE 6400 has for several years become one of the most highly rated technical elective courses by CBE students. Claude's course not only meets a growing need for a polymers education among CBE's graduates, but preserves a tradition of creating Cornell Chemical Engineers proficient in polymer science that dates back at least to Chuck Winding's appointment as a member of the faculty in 1935.
Jeff was recognized for conceiving and teaching CBE's Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems course (ChemE 6660) to increasing numbers of seniors and MEng students interested in learning about energy systems engineering. The prototype for this course was a one-semester energy analysis class co-taught with Brad Anton in 2009. Jeff had developed a similar course with colleagues at MIT that resulted in the publication of a unique textbook– Sustainable Energy – Choosing Among Options (MIT Press, 1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2012) -- of which Jeff is the lead author. Motivated by student interest in a course that provided a broader introduction to energy systems engineering, Jeff re-engineered ChemE 6660 in a modular format that has proven as successful with students as with the COE faculty who he has skillfully recruited to teach these modules.