On Jan. 15, the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning announced that design thinking lecturer Eugene Korsunskiy and Thayer School of Engineering professor Peter Robbie won the 2018 Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching for their “Senior Design Challenge” course. The new two-term course, Engineering 15.02, “Senior Design Challenge,” provides students with the opportunity to create solutions to real world issues, forge connections in industry and hone professional skills.
“It was a really delightful and pleasant surprise to be recognized in this way for the teaching that we’re doing,” Korsunskiy said. “It’s great to know that Dartmouth values interdisciplinary experiential education of the kind that we strive to provide here at Thayer.”
Students who have taken classes with Korsunskiy and Robbie said they appreciate the professors’ dedication to students’ learning.
“[Robbie] created this amazing curriculum [in Engineering 12, “Design Thinking,”] that celebrates creativity,” Colleen O’Connor ’19 said. “[Korsunskiy] also empowers his students by granting them autonomy and shifting the focus away from grades [in the “Senior Design Challenge” course.]”
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