Aug. 11, 2022 — The National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ Volodymyr (Vlad) Kindratenko was named the recipient of the George Anner Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Given by the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the Grainger College of Engineering, the award is named after former electrical and computer engineering professor Anner, who was a pioneer in creating undergraduate semiconductor fabrication laboratory courses.
“I am very honored to receive the George Anner Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award,” said Kindratenko. “Teaching courses in our ECE department, which is consistently ranked among the top engineering programs in the world, and interacting with the best and brightest students in the program is one of my most cherished activities. I am very grateful to the students and faculty who nominated me for this award, and I am looking forward to continuing to empower students with the knowledge and experience necessary to become the best engineers and researchers.”
Selected from a class of student nominations by the Teaching Evaluation and Awards Committee, Kindratenko is the seventh professor to receive this distinguished award which began in 2016.
Jack Bai, a former ECE student of Kindratenko’s, made one of the nominations.
“Professor Kindratenko is an excellent teacher and mentor. His teaching style is very effective for undergraduate courses and he is very passionate about teaching and mentoring students,” Bai said. “He encouraged me to finish my ECE 408 course when I was struggling and he provided great guidance and feedback on my work. He also introduced me to the HP3C conference and my paper for this project is now accepted by the conference.”
Another of Kindratenko’s students shares similar thoughts.
“As a teacher, Professor Kindratenko was excellent at explaining difficult concepts, which are plentiful in Applied Parallel Programming (ECE 408), and reducing the complexity of an approach down to its fundamentals,” said William Eustis, a former student. “As a mentor, he has provided me and my peers with countless opportunities to learn and succeed as well as guided us when we face difficulties in our work.”
Source: Andrew Helregel, NCSA