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Mechanical students, associate professor honored at Awards Dinner

Students pose with their certificates.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department named its outstanding student award recipients at the annual College of Engineering Awards Dinner, held March 18. From left: Outstanding Senior: Thomas Gagnon of Oak Grove, Mo.; Outstanding Doctorate: Yangyang Chen of Ningbo, China; MAE Department Chair Yuwen Zhang; and Dean Elizabeth Loboa. (Not pictured are: Outstanding Junior: Justin White of Jefferson City, Mo.; and Outstanding Master’s: Wolfgang Black of Parkville, Mo.) Photos by Tanzi Propst.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department named its outstanding student award recipients, and Associate Professor Roger Fales received the Senior 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 Senior: Thomas Gagnon of  Oak Grove, Mo.
  • Outstanding Doctorate: Yangyang Chen of Ningbo, China
  • Outstanding Junior: Justin White of  Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Outstanding Master’s: Wolfgang Black of Parkville, Mo.
Loboa and Fales pose with a certificate.

Roger Fales received the Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from Dean Elizabeth Loboa.

As for Fales, since 2011, he has averaged 4.47 on a 5.0 scale on his teaching performance from his students, and since joining the faculty at MU in 2004, he’s advised seven doctoral students, eight master’s degree recipients and two undergraduate honors research students. Fales also developed two graduate courses — robust control and advanced hydraulic control systems — and one undergraduate course — mechatronic system design, and he’s taught five undergraduate and three graduate courses in the last four years. Fales also is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, an award voted on by outgoing seniors.

Outside the classroom, Fales is a co-adviser for the Engineers Club/St. Pat’s Board and is the adviser for Sigma Phi Delta and the Mizzou Baja design competition team. He’s also received $467,000 in research funding as a principle investigator in the last four years while maintaining a rigorous teaching schedule.