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Enrica Bernardini receives Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award

The honor, bestowed by the Great Lakes District of Chi Epsilon, recognizes faculty members who demonstrate dedication and excellence in teaching civil engineering. | Short Read
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Lecturer Enrica Bernardini has been selected to receive the 2020 Chi Epsilon James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award for the Great Lakes District. According to the nomination form, the award “is presented to the nominees who have shown a dedication to teaching in the Civil Engineering profession or associated engineering fields,” and honor “faculty who display a passion for engineering education, engaging students, and working to improve the department.”

Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society, bestows district and national teaching awards annually. The Great Lakes District is composed of thirteen universities in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. 

Bernardini has been teaching Structures and Materials Engineering courses at University of Michigan since 2016. U-M Chi Epsilon members note Dr. Bernardini’s patience and passion for teaching, as well as her ability to cultivate professionalism, creativity and intuition in her students. 

“She has demonstrated to be an outstanding educator, and has consistently shown commitment to classroom excellence and dedication to her students beyond the time spent in the classroom,” writes CEE Assistant Professor Evgueni Filipov. 

“She is very passionate about teaching, and strives to be as effective and helpful as possible, not only during lecture time but also during office hours and one-on-one student meetings. From all the student comments she received, it is clear that the students that interact with her profoundly appreciate her passion and dedication to student success both inside and outside the classroom,” writes Filipov.

Recipients of the James M. Robbins District Award are considered for the selection of the National James M. Robbins Award. 

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