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May 9, 2008
By John Trent
College of Engineering Dean Ted Batchman has received numerous awards during his more than 40 years as a professor and administrator.
Recently, he received word that his lengthy record of distinction would have to be modified yet again – the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) informed Batchman in mid-April that he had been named a Fellow Member in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the society.
Batchman, along with 11 others from institutions throughout the country, will be formally inducted during the ASEE’s annual awards banquet on June 25 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This is the second time that Batchman has become a Fellow in a major professional organization. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
“Being elected Fellow to your professional society is quite a distinguished honor, and I’m quite humbled by this,” Batchman said. “It indicates a level of recognition throughout your society, that you’ve contributed significantly above the norm.”
Batchman’s work with the ASEE has been substantial. He has chaired the steering committee for the organization’s Frontiers in Education conference, which in 2001 was held in Reno.
He was also instrumental in the formation of two of the newer divisions in ASEE, the K-12 division and the Entrepreneurship division.
“With IEEE, it was recognition for my leadership in the technical area of electrical engineering, so that was quite an honor,” said Batchman, who in addition to serving the last 13 years as dean of the College of Engineering, is an expert on opto-electronics, which are electronics associated with fiber optic and light wave communication. “With ASEE, I’m being recognized not just for my profession, but the fact that I have provided leadership for professional engineering education, which is also very gratifying.”
Batchman, who has been a member of ASEE for more than 20 years, said he plans on continuing to play an active role in the society. He will embark on a new phase of his career at Nevada after June 30, when he will be stepping down as dean of the College of Engineering to become the Founding Director of the University’s Renewable Energy Center at the Redfield Campus.