August 17, 2020

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals’ 2020 Faculty Awards honor 15 outstanding online and part-time instructors for their dedication in the classroom this past year. Although the 2020 spring faculty meeting was cancelled in response to the novel coronavirus, we nonetheless celebrate all of our award recipients!

Instructors in the online and part-time programs at Johns Hopkins Engineering are notable for their skill in incorporating their real-world expertise and experience into their classes, allowing their students to learn from these practicing engineers and scientists working at the top of their fields.

For more information about each instructor, please click on their name.

New Instructor Awards
Elana Ben-Akiva
Program: Applied Biomedical Engineering
Course: Immunoengineering
John Hickey
Program: Applied Biomedical Engineering
Course: Immunoengineering

Student Quote: This was one of the most interesting courses I've ever taken. I loved that the instructors used Tcrunch to get student feedback. And I really liked the way they organized the course. The discussion topics definitely contributed to my learning and I enjoyed reading the responses from the other students.

Joseph Wolfrom
Program: Systems Engineering
Course: Introduction to Model Based Systems Engineering
Terri Wolfrom
Program: Systems Engineering
Course: Introduction to Model Based Systems Engineering

Student Quote: The class was very informative on building in-depth models for real world scenarios/projects.

Outstanding Instructor Awards
Andrew Lennon
Program: Mechanical Engineering
Course: Engineering Materials: Properties and Selection

Student Quote: Dr. Lennon goes above and beyond to explain topics and engages students to promote their understanding. He provides thorough feedback to all discussions and inquiries, even when none may be expected.

Yaakov Chaikin
Program: Computer Science
Course: Front End Web Application Development

Student Quote: Prof. Yaakov's course was one of the best courses I took at JHU. Very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. It was a great learning experience.

William Devereux
Program: Systems Engineering
Course: Introduction to Systems Engineering

Student Quote: Will is a SME in SE and I appreciate being taught by a practicing Systems Engineer. Besides being a good lecturer, Will is very helpful outside of class time during class project discussions. We appreciate him staying late after class when we had extra questions. Will is rather easy going and has a good sense of humor.

Karolina DuBois
Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course: FPGA Design Using VHDL

Student Quote: [Karolina has] a lot of enthusiasm for teaching and is good at explaining things without being overwhelming. Great class! Learned a lot.

Ali Darwish
Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course: Principles of Microwave Circuits & Power Amplifier Design Techniques

Student Quote: Every module was well thought out and helped me a lot to learn the material. The discussion questions gave me a chance to research different devices used in microwave circuits. Overall, I really enjoyed my time in this class. Not only is this the best online class I have taken, this is also one of the best classes I have ever taken!

Exceptional Online Course Design Awards
Leslie Hamilton
Program: Applied Biomedical Engineering
Course: Biomimetics in Biomedical Engineering
Edward White
Program: Applied Biomedical Engineering
Course: Biomimetics in Biomedical Engineering
William Roncal
Program: Applied Biomedical Engineering
Course: Biomimetics in Biomedical Engineering
Erik Johnson
Program: Applied Biomedical Engineering
Course: Biomimetics in Biomedical Engineering

Student Quote: Extremely well run and relevant course. Very interesting and unique course, perhaps the most unique and ‘outside the box’ I have taken in my ABME Master’s program. Recommend this course to all.

Bill Hilgartner
Program: Environmental Engineering and Science
Course: Ecology

Student Quote: Professor Hilgartner is clearly invested in this class, which I feel is sometimes difficult to show with the restraint of being online. Professor Hilgartner picked engaging, contemporary material; encouraged the students to discuss in depth the topics each module on the discussion boards; and gave useful feedback after reading all students' assignments and discussions.