The student votes were counted, and Jeffrey Fessler, William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was named the 2015-2016 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers.
Prof. Fessler was surprised (and happy) to learn of this unique honor at the end of his final class for the semester. He was teaching EECS 556: Image Processing. The past two presidents of HKN, Kyle Harman (HKN President Winter 2016) and Nathan Immerman (HKN President Fall 2015) presented him with the award.
Prof. Fessler teaches both large 100-level courses and more specialized 500-level courses in signal processing. He has played a key role in introducing signal and image processing courses into the EECS curriculum, and his role in refining a course in medical imaging systems resulted in a teaching award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has earned many teaching awards in the past, including the CoE Education Excellence Award and the U-M Henry Russel Award.
The Professor of the Year Award is voted on by all undergraduate and graduate students of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.