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UNT professor receives Distinguished Engineering Educator award

UNT professor receives Distinguished Engineering Educator award

August 25
11:00 2015

Linda Kessler | Senior Staff Writer

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Nandika D’Souza, associate dean of undergraduate studies at the College of Engineering and regents professor of mechanical and energy engineering, received the Society of Women Engineers’ Distinguished Engineering Educator Award on Aug. 3.

The SWE presents this award to educators who make significant contributions to engineering through education. SWE awards recipients will be honored at WE15, the world’s largest conference for women engineers, Oct. 23 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nandika D'Souza, University of North Texas Regents Professor of mechanical and energy engineering and associate dean of undergraduate studies in UNT's College of Engineering, has been named the 2015 Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Engineering Educator. Courtsey UNT

Nandika D’Souza Courtesy | University of North Texas

D’Souza said there is no conference in the world like this one. Around 8,000 SWE members are expected to be in attendance.

“Receiving this award enables me to promote all the success UNT has and also to enable our students to receive awards,” D’Souza said. “In the process of responding to my nomination package I learned how to structure and submit student award nominations.”

D’Souza said this is the best award she’s ever received because it was earned with all female contributors, including UNT alumni and past UNT SWE presidents Britney Caldwell and Mayaria Johnson.

“Quite honestly I didn’t expect to receive this award,” D’Souza said. “When you look at the past winners, I personally never thought I had reached that level, which just goes to show that we have a capability we don’t recognize, and maybe we undersell ourselves.”

The SWE was founded in 1950 as a nonprofit educational and service organization striving to empower women to succeed in their engineering careers.

“I was not active in [SWE] as a student, but in this college there was a lot of loneliness and isolation in the fact that I was one of the only female faculty,” D’Souza said.

D’Souza said the College of Engineering is subconsciously working towards the kind of educational environment where people of all races and genders can perform at their full potential. She took the position in the college as associate dean of undergraduate studies to advance that.

“There is a need, and it’s kind of my forward mission,” D’Souza said.

D’Souza has taught and researched at UNT since the fall of 2009 , earning multiple awards including the UNT College of Engineering Research Award, the UNT Research Leadership Award and the Vinyl Division Thesis Award from the International Society of Plastics Engineers.

In 2009, D’Souza was named Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. And in 2013, she was made a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

D’Souza currently researches failure analysis and material optimization, which she explains as taking a design and choosing the best materials for it to perform the best. She has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles.

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