Awardees must make significant contributions to their profession and meet several criteria in the classroom.
Pakala was nominated by Amy Moll, dean of the College of Engineering. In her nomination letter, Moll noted Pakala’s dedication to his students and engineering education takes many forms, from building community and advancing mobile technology in the classroom, to mentoring faculty across campus on evidence-based instructional techniques – all with an intent focus on student success. Pakala played a pivotal role in the development of the College of Engineering Tutoring Center where students have a dedicated space to reinforce their learning. Pakala is the Faculty in Residence for the Engineering and Innovation Residential College and under his leadership the program has grown from 18 students per year to 72. The students regularly outperform their peers both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.
His name now will be forwarded for consideration in the national contest.