We are very pleased to announce that Dr Kevin Leonard, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering has been awarded the 2017 Don Green Faculty Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
Kevin joined the CPE department in 2013 with a multidisciplinary background in chemical engineering, mathematics, and materials science. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and from the University of Texas. Since joining C&PE, Kevin has taught both graduate and undergraduate core classes including the graduate classes “Kinetics and Catalysis,” and “Methods of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Calculations,” and the undergraduate class “Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design.” In all three areas, Kevin has excelled as a teacher, developing top quality curricula with significant innovations. In particular Kevin has incorporated the use of reactor simulation software (COMSOL Multiphysics) to reinforce the fundamentals of reactor design and expose both graduate students and undergraduates to reactor simulations, as well as other innovations at the graduate level, teaching crucial scientific techniques. In the graduate calculations course, Kevin revamped the curriculum to cover numerical methods for more applied chemical and petroleum engineering problems. Kevin has received both the 2015 Raymond Oenbring Teaching Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Education and the 2014 Kansas EPSCoR Education and Diversity Award, which further attest his outstanding commitment to teaching excellence.
The Department is very grateful for the support from our Advisory Board and to all those alumni and friends of the Department who have generously donated to the fellowship fund. The fellowship provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reward and support colleagues such as Kevin for their outstanding commitment to our educational mission.
Congratulation, Dr. Leonard!