Rowan Presents Teaching Excellence Award To Engineering Professor T.R. Chandrupatla

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Rowan University honored Dr. Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla, a professor of mechanical engineering, with the 2005 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during the University?s convocation ceremony on Monda

Rowan University honored Dr. Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla, a professor of mechanical engineering, with the 2005 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during the University?s convocation ceremony on Monday, September 19. Funded by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, the $4,000 teaching award recognizes a full-time, permanent faculty member for outstanding teaching and leadership.

Founding chair of Rowan?s mechanical engineering program, Chandrupatla, of Voorhees, joined the Rowan faculty in 1995 and has a 38-year career in industry and academia.

He earned his bachelor?s degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University in Hyderbad, India, and his master?s in design and manufacturing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

He worked for Hindustan Machine Tools in India before joining the Indian Institute of Technology faculty. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. in finite element analysis/engineering mechanics, he taught at the University of Kentucky before joining the faculty of the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), in Michigan.

He is the author of three textbooks in engineering, some of which are used around the world and translated into several other languages. He also has authored a book of poetry in his native language of Telugu.

A consultant to industry, Chandrupatla, who is licensed as a professional engineer in Michigan and also is a certified manufacturing engineer, has published several research papers. He holds two United States patents.

He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education.

His has received an award for contributions to Telugu literature from the Detroit Telugu Association (2003), the Dasarathi Krishnamacharyulu Award for poetry from Vamsi International (2004) and the Excellence in Engineering Award from the Telugu Association of North America (2005).

In support of Chandrupatla?s nomination for the Lindback Award, Dr. Dianne Dorland, dean of Rowan?s College of Engineering, wrote, ?T.R. has taught whatever was needed, managed the department as chair, supported the development of his faculty and held the interests of the students as his top priority.?

Dr. John Chen, present Mechanical Engineering chair, noted, ?In addition to the excellent job he has done as chairperson from 1995 to 2003, he has taken the time to mentor all of the faculty members in the department. He encourages all of us to set high goals in teaching, research and service, and provides the resources necessary to achieve those goals. He also sets an excellent example with his own achievements, especially in his scholarly work.?

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