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Two Bioengineering faculty members and four students honored

Bioengineering students Xiaolong Gao, Andrew Polk, Ethan Voyles, Yang Yu and Sarah Smith earned outstanding student honors at the Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13.

Bioengineering students Xiaolong Gao, Andrew Polk, Ethan Voyles, Yang Yu and Sarah Smith earned outstanding student honors at the Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13. Photos by Shane Epping.

The following faculty members and students in the Bioengineering Department were honored at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet, held on March 13 as part of Engineers’ Week:

Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Steve Borgelt, associate professor
Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Heather Hunt, assistant professor

Outstanding Junior: Andrew Polk of Ozark, Mo.
Outstanding Senior: Ethan Voyles of Wildwood, Mo.
Outstanding Senior: Yang Yu of Columbia, Mo.
Outstanding Doctorate: Xiaolong Gao of Linyi, China
Outstanding Doctorate: Sarah Smith of Ballwin, Mo.

Steve Borgelt poses with Dean Robert Schwartz.

Steve Borgelt, associate professor of bioengineering, received the Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching award from Dean Robert Schwartz at the Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13.

Borgelt earned his award for his work teaching 15 different undergraduate courses — including a variety of introductory courses and capstone courses — and as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Bioengineering. He also is involved in a wide variety of student projects and organizations as an adviser or committee member.

Colleagues praised his willingness to help new faculty members, including his “tireless efforts to help underperforming students and struggling teachers,” and they lauded his personal touch with his students.

Heather Hunt poses with Dean Robert Schwartz.

Heather Hunt, assistant professor of bioengineering, received the Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching award from Dean Robert Schwartz at the Engineering Awards Banquet on March 13.

Sterling evaluations and new course development have been hallmarks of Hunt’s time as part of the bioengineering faculty. She recently developed and offered the courses Introduction to Materials Engineering and Materials Characterization Techniques, and her ability to incorporate a variety of teaching styles in her courses has earned her high marks from her students.

Since 2012, Hunt’s lowest student evaluation average has been 4.65 on a 5.0 scale. Last year, the MU Office of Undergraduate Research selected Heather as the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award, highlighting her abilities in the classroom.