From staff reports
A member of the faculty and a department chair at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering will be recognized for their academic accomplishments in June at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, according to a statement released by the university.
Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Ph.D., an associate professor of industrial engineering and Fulton C. Noss Faculty Fellow in Department of Industrial Engineering, was named recipient of the 2012 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education. The Keillor Award recognizes and honors a woman engineering educator who has an outstanding record in teaching engineering students, and reasonable performance histories of research and service within an engineering school.
Bopaya Bidanda, Ph.D., Ernest E. Roth Professor and chair of industrial engineering at the university, will receive the 2012 ASEE John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering Education. The Imhoff Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the industrial engineering discipline, who exemplifies the highest standards of the professorate in industrial engineering, and has demonstrated global cooperation and understanding through leadership and other initiatives.
Besterfield-Sacre's principal research is in engineering education assessment, which has been funded by the NSF, Department of Education, Sloan Foundation, Engineering Information Foundation, and the NCIIA. Her current research focuses on innovative product design, entrepreneurship and how engineers model.
Bidanda joined the department in 1987 upon completing his doctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University. His research focus includes computer integrated manufacturing systems, time compression technologies such as rapid prototyping and reverse engineering, and global supply networks and product realization. He also helped found the Swanson Center for Product Innovation and the Manufacturing Assistance Center, where he is co-director.