Notaros Honored as University Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Notaros Acceptance Speech
April 19, 2016 Celebrate! Colorado State Awards Ceremony: Branislav Notaros’ UDTS acceptance speech.

ECE Professor Branislav Notaros has been recognized as a Colorado State University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, a designation reserved for 12 faculty members who have records of performance ranking them among the most outstanding teachers and educators in their disciplines. Notaros will hold the title for the duration of his affiliation with CSU.

Notaros received the honor for his exceptional achievements in undergraduate and graduate teaching of electromagnetics and related courses. These achievements are evidenced by dramatic improvements in student learning, mastery, success, and satisfaction. In addition, Notaros has been a tireless research advisor to students, whether for National Science Foundation grants, or in supervising ECE senior design projects.

Notaros has also made many contributions to the theory and practice of electromagnetics education at the national and international levels, through innovative textbooks, pioneering pedagogical methodologies, electronic resources, and assessment tools. He is the author of the widely used textbook, Electromagnetics, with Pearson Prentice Hall.

Recognized as One of the Best Teachers in the World

"[Notaros] is a highly productive and dedicated teacher and scholar," wrote College of Engineering Dean David McLean in his nomination letter. "He is nationally and internationally recognized for his exceptional achievements and contributions advancing engineering education. His balanced record of achievement in research, teaching, and service embodies the land grant mission. Dr. Notaros has clearly contributed to CSU’s reputation for world-class excellence."

Underscoring his impact as an educator, Notaros has garnered an impressive array of awards in the last decade. Last year, he was selected for the ECE Distinguished Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and he was the sole recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – the world's largest professional association with nearly half a million members. Notaros is also the recipient of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Colorado Professor of the Year Award, IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, CSU System Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and CSU Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation.

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. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.