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Professor Notaros Named Recipient of 2015 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award


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Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Professor Branislav Notaros has been named the recipient of the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Undergraduate Teaching Award for inspirational teaching of undergraduate students in the fields of interest of the IEEE, with the citation, "For contributions to undergraduate electromagnetics education through inspiring teaching and innovative course materials."

Notaros is the sole recipient of the 2015 honor from the international engineering society, the world's largest professional association with a membership topping 429,000. An IEEE-level award, the honor is arguably the most prestigious recognition available for ECE teaching and education worldwide. Previous recipients of the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award include the most prominent names in educational innovation and authors of classic textbooks.

"I am exceptionally proud of Branislav for being recognized by the IEEE as one of the world's leading engineering educators," said Tony Maciejewski, ECE department head. "Here at CSU, we know that Branislav is a shining star, but it's truly impressive to see him honored at an international level for excellence in teaching."

In his congratulatory letter to Notaros, IEEE President and CEO J. Roberto de Marca wrote, "For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession." He added, "Each year the IEEE Awards Board recommends a select group of recipients to receive IEEE's most prestigious honors, so you can feel justifiably proud. Congratulations on your achievements, which honor both you and IEEE."

"Teaching is a wonderful profession and I am glad to know that we have role models like you!" wrote Sarah Kate Wilson, chair of the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award Committee, in her congratulatory email.

Notaros will be presented with the award by Howard E. Michel, newly elected IEEE President & CEO, at an IEEE ceremony slated for July 22, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

Consistently named Best Teacher in the ECE department, Notaros is hugely popular among the student body. Despite the difficulty of his subject matter, electromagnetics, he is known for infusing humor into his lectures and providing tangible examples that help students understand challenging concepts. For the two undergraduate courses he last taught, Electromagnetic Fields I and Antennas & Radiation, Notaros received ratings of 4.95 and 5.00 (on a scale of 1 to 5) on student course evaluations.

Professor Notaros' teaching expertise, interests, and initiatives in electromagnetics are fully integrated with his research, as well as his service to the university and technical profession. With 20 years of teaching experience, he currently serves as the director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory at Colorado State University. Prior to joining CSU, he held faculty appointments at the University of Belgrade and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

In 2014, Colorado State selected Notaros for the Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation. He also received the 2012 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award—with citation "for outstanding contributions to engineering education" and the 2012 Colorado State University System Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2010, Notaros won the George T. Abell Outstanding Teaching and Service Faculty Award for the College of Engineering.

In addition to his teaching and educational honors, Notaros has gained much recognition for his research, including the 2005 IEEE Microwave Prize, 1999 IEE Marconi Premium, and 2005 UMass Dartmouth Scholar of the Year Award.

Prof. Notaros is the author of the 2010 comprehensive textbook Electromagnetics with Pearson Prentice Hall, which introduces many new teaching and learning approaches, techniques, and tools, and is used by many schools worldwide. He also authored a breakthrough textbook, MATLAB®-Based Electromagnetics (published in 2013, Pearson Prentice Hall), and Conceptual Questions in Electromagnetics, an e-supplement (Pearson). In addition, his Electromagnetics Concept Inventory (EMCI) assessment tool is being used extensively around the world for classes and educational research projects.