Distinguished Professor Chan Joshi Selected for the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award
Distinguished Professor Chan Joshi has been selected for the
Distinguished Engineering Educator Award by the Engineers’ Council
for year 2014. The citation reads, “For his mentorship of a
generation of undergraduates and outstanding graduate students at
UCLA and postdoctoral researchers and other professionals in the
U.S. and the world.” The award recognizes “individuals who are
outstanding in professional qualities and have a top reputation for
engineering accomplishments and leadership.”
Professor Joshi has been on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department since 1988. During the past three decades he has trained a generation of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers many of whom have won accolades and gone on to distinguish themselves as researchers and leaders. Many are faculty members in the top-ranked universities in this country and abroad. In addition many international visitors have come to UCLA to learn the finer aspects of doing experimental research in plasma engineering from Professor Joshi. In fact in a recent book Engines of Discovery: A Century of Particle Accelerators by A.M.Sessler and E.Wilson, the authors note that " Almost all the fine accomplishments described in this section on lasers and plasmas , and those of more than 30 groups worldwide devoted to this subject, can be traced back to the UCLA group of Chan Joshi". At the same time Professor Joshi takes great care and pride in his undergraduate and graduate classroom teaching and mentoring. Thousands of students have taken his Engineering Electromagnetics and Laser Theory classes at UCLA and years later remarked that these were some of the best classes they had taken at UCLA. Currently Professor Joshi is the Chair of the EE department’s courses and curriculum committee entrusted with ensuring that the undergraduates in the EE program get an educational experience that is hands-on, yet firmly rooted in fundamental principles that are the basis of electrical engineering.
The Engineers’ Council will honor all awardees at the 59th Engineers' Council National Engineers' Week Honors and Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Sheraton Universal hotel in Universal City, California.