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Chemical students, associate professor earn accolades at Awards Dinner

Students pose holding certificates.

The Chemical Engineering Department named its outstanding student award recipients at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18. From left: Outstanding Junior: Lauren Baker of Blue Springs, Mo.; Outstanding Senior: Jared Bruns of St. Genevieve, Mo.; Outstanding Master’s: Ahmed Jasmin of Tikrit, Iraq; Dean Elizabeth Loboa; and Interim Department Chair Paul Chan. (Not pictured: Outstanding Doctorate: Zachary Thacker of Belton, Mo.). Photo by Tanzi Propst.

The Chemical Engineering Department named its outstanding student award recipients, and Associate Professor Matthew Bernards received the Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia as part of the College of Engineering’s Engineers’ Week celebration. The student award recipients were as follows:

  • Outstanding Junior: Lauren Baker of Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Outstanding Senior: Jared Bruns of St. Genevieve, Mo.
  • Outstanding Doctorate: Zachary Thacker of Belton, Mo.
  • Outstanding Master’s: Ahmed Jasmin of Tikrit, Iraq
Bernards head shot.

Matthew Bernards received the Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

As for Bernards, since the scoring system went to a 5.0 scale in 2013, he has averaged 4.64, and he’s been named best undergraduate instructor six times during his tenure. He is responsible for the analysis, synthesis and design capstone course as well as the senior-level chemical engineering design course, which he recently redeveloped. Bernards also currently is developing a nuclear safeguards curriculum for Africa with the backing of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Bernards won an Outstanding Contribution Award in 2014 for his work with the freshman interest group (FIG) program, and he’s also earned an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research and an honorable mention for the Ann Covington Award for Mentoring from the Fellowship Office.