Florida Senate - 2013                            (NP)    SR 1900
       By Senator Legg
       17-03529-13                                           20131900__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the Carnegie Foundation for
    3         the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for
    4         Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2012
    5         United States Outstanding Doctoral and Research
    6         Universities Professor of the Year, Autar Kaw, Ph.D.
    8         WHEREAS, the United States Professors of the Year Awards
    9  Program, administered by the Carnegie Foundation for the
   10  Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and
   11  Support of Education (CASE) each year salutes one professor
   12  nationwide at a doctoral and research university and this award
   13  is considered the nation’s highest such honor, and
   14         WHEREAS, the criteria for this award includes demonstration
   15  by the professor of extraordinary dedication to undergraduate
   16  teaching, which is evidenced by excellence in the following
   17  areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students;
   18  scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to
   19  undergraduate education in the institution, community, and
   20  profession; and support from colleagues and current and former
   21  undergraduate students, and
   22         WHEREAS, since the inception of the Professor of the Year
   23  Awards Program in 1981 and until 2012, no doctoral and research
   24  university professor in this state had been awarded this
   25  distinction, and
   26         WHEREAS, Autar Kaw, Ph.D. is a professor of mechanical
   27  engineering at the University of South Florida, where he has
   28  taught aspiring engineers for the past 25 years, and
   29         WHEREAS, Dr. Kaw has dedicated his career to eliminating
   30  one of the most significant obstacles to engineering students
   31  through his innovative and forward-thinking approach to
   32  education, his use of technology to expand learning
   33  opportunities around the world, and his tireless pursuit of new
   34  and engaging teaching methods, and
   35         WHEREAS, Dr. Kaw has received numerous professional honors,
   36  including being named a fellow in the American Society of
   37  Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Society of
   38  Engineering Education, was awarded the National Outstanding
   39  Teaching Medal from the American Society for Engineering
   40  Education in 2011, and has authored four widely used textbooks,
   41  and
   42         WHEREAS, as a pioneer in Massive Open Online Courses
   43  (MOOCs) and through his use of his Holistic Numerical Methods
   44  Institute website, his blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
   45  video lectures, Dr. Kaw has become affectionately known among
   46  engineering students around the world as the “Numerical Methods
   47  Guy,” and
   48         WHEREAS, on November 15, 2012, Dr. Kaw was named the 2012
   49  United States Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities
   50  Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the
   51  Advancement of Teaching and CASE, and
   52         WHEREAS, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
   53  Teaching and CASE specifically recognized Dr. Kaw for his
   54  innovative work in using new technologies and social media to
   55  teach complex mathematical calculations to tens of thousands of
   56  students around the world studying to be engineers, NOW,
   59  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   61         That we recognize the Carnegie Foundation for the
   62  Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and
   63  Support of Education (CASE) 2012 United States Outstanding
   64  Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year, Autar
   65  Kaw, Ph.D., and express appreciation for his service to this
   66  state and for the recognition this award brings to the State of
   67  Florida, the University of South Florida, and to the State
   68  University System of Florida.