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Women and Minority Engineering Programs recognize students, faculty members with awards

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NC State’s Women and Minority Engineering Programs (WMEP) gave awards to students and faculty members during the College of Engineering’s Annual Awards Banquet held on April 15, 2021.

Rebeca Teran

Two students were selected as Shining Stars for their service to WMEP, while three faculty members were selected to receive the Best Pivot to Online Teaching award.

The Shining Star Award is presented to students who consistently support the programs hosted by the WMEP office. These students willingly and sincerely give their time and energy to support the mission and goals of WMEP. The program’s leaders can count on this student to help out whenever called upon.

The 2021 winners of this award were Nathaniel Browning from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Rebeca Teran from the Department of Computer Science.

The Best Pivot to Online Teaching award recognizes faculty members who have displayed grace and caring as they completely changed their approach to teaching during the COVID-19 disruption. They showed consistent attention to ensuring that students learned with as little added stress as possible. The 2021 winners were Lina Battestilli, teaching associate professor in the Department of Computer Science; Leslie Kurtz, senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics; and Qingshan Wei, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Nathaniel Browning

WMEP focuses on ensuring a diverse student body by providing community building and engagement, academic support and professional development through several activities to ensure an inclusive environment for all students.

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