Each year, the IEEE St. Louis Section recognizes the achievements of its members. These awards are presented annually at the STL Section Winter Social. This year, Missouri S&T stood out with members taking home the Outstanding Educator Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the Outstanding Student Branch Award!
Outstanding Educator Award:
Dr. Amardeep Kaur joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, MO as an Assistant Teaching Professor in August 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014. She enjoys teaching introductory computer and electrical engineering courses. Her other teaching interests include electronics, circuits and optics. She is looking forward to bring in more hands-on learning into her teaching by bringing in examples of technological advancements into the classroom. She is currently working on redesigning the Circuits for non-EE majors course offered at Missouri S&T. She is also developing a sophomore level Introductory Circuits laboratory to make it available for off-campus or distance students. Investigating the new teaching and learning methods are one of her key interests that originates from her motivation to make her teaching student learning centered. She is a member of ASEE, Sigma Xi, IEEE, HKN-IEEE, SPIE and SWE. She serves as a reviewer for IEEE Sensors, Optics Express, Journal of Sensors, and ASEE. She is the chair of Midwest section of the ASEE for 2017-2018.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award:
Katelyn Brinker is currently pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) with the support of a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. She is currently the president of the Missouri S&T IEEE Student Branch, the Graduate Student Representative of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and has been elected to the HKN Board of Governors as a Student Governor for a 2019 term. She has been the recipient of the IEEE-HKN 2017 Outstanding Student Award, the 2017 DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering College Edition IEEE-USA Selection, and the 2016 IEEE St. Louis Section Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. As an undergraduate at Missouri S&T she was very involved with the Mars Rover Design Team where she held positions like PR Chair, Chief Technology Officer, and Development Team Lead. As an undergraduate she also worked as a peer writing tutor and conducted undergraduate research while also being very involved with IEEE and HKN. She plans to pursue her PhD in electrical engineering after completing her master’s degree in May.
Outstanding Student Branch Award:
The goal of the Missouri S&T IEEE Student Branch is to provide resources and opportunities for Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science students all over campus. As a professional organization, it aims to bring opportunities to students that will help them develop themselves personally, professionally, and technically. Throughout the year the student branch host company speakers, Emphasis Area Workshops, Electronics Workshops, Black Box Competitions, study sessions, and socials. They also support a robotics team that works to develop a robot to compete in the IEEE Region 5 Conference. They’ve also been doing work outside their campus in outreach events in order to inspire the next generation of STEM students.