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Engineering technology and management faculty member named University Professor

Anna Hartenbach | Apr 16, 2018
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Kraft Family Scholar Zaki Kuruppalil receives one of four prestigious University Professor awards at the 47th annual awards ceremony on April 11.Photo by: Brady Menegay, web infrastructure and design student

Engineering technology and management faculty member named University Professor

Anna Hartenbach | Apr 16, 2018
Kraft Family Scholar Zaki Kuruppalil receives one of four prestigious University Professor awards at the 47th annual awards ceremony on April 11.
Kraft Family Scholar Zaki Kuruppalil receives one of four prestigious University Professor awards at the 47th annual awards ceremony on April 11. Photo by: Brady Menegay, web infrastructure and design student

Zaki Kuruppalil, an associate professor of engineering technology and management at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology, has received one of four prestigious University Professor awards.

Kuruppalil, who is also assistant chair and the Russ College’s Kraft Family Scholar, was honored at a banquet April 11 his outstanding teaching. Recognizing more than 260 professors since its 1970 inception, the University Professor program -- which provides a monetary stipend and reduces recipients’ teaching responsibilities during their award year in order for them to teach a course of their own design.

Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin said Kuruppalil’s teaching speaks for itself.

“No one in the Russ College could be surprised by Dr. Kuruppalil’s University Professor award. His engagement with our students, his obvious passion for his profession, and his dedication to bringing the two together is obvious from even casual observation,” Irwin said.

Recipients are chosen annually from student nominations, and a student selection committee manages an interview and observation process. Kuruppalil’s nominations described him as “knowledgeable, personable, thorough, well-rounded,” and describe him as having “genuine love of the topics he teaches.”

“Dr. Kuruppalil goes out of his way to make sure students understand the material being taught and makes time to consult with students one-on-one, whenever needed,” one student’s ballot comment said. “While Dr. K is not an easy professor, he is fair and unbiased in his classes – he really wants his students to succeed.”

Kuruppalil, who joined OHIO in 2007, said the award meant a lot to him because the nominations come directly from students.

“I am deeply humbled and incredibly honored by this selection as a University Professor. I would like to sincerely thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of the students and staff who were involved in the nomination and selection process for this prestigious award,” he said.

Kurupalil’s University Professor course, “Innovative Problem Solving: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” will cover new problem-solving strategies and tools from various disciplines to teach out-of-the-box thinking. It will be offered in the 2018-2019 spring semester for juniors and seniors of any major.

The University Professor award is made possible by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in the Office of Instructional Innovation (OII). For more info. about the award or to view past recipients, visit the OII website.