November 23, 2009 —
Ashok Patel of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering was recently honored with a USC Award for Excellence In Teaching, presented by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET). This distinction is given to top teaching assistants who are nominated by academic departments throughout the University. The award recognizes exceptional contributions by teaching assistants to the missions of both their department and the university. Nominations are based on effective or innovative teaching techniques and methods, students’ commentary on evaluations, and letters of recommendation. Ashok and other awardees become finalists for three University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards that include a cash prize to be presented at the University Awards Convocation to be held in April 2010.
From left to right: Ming Hsieh EE Systems Chair
Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, USC Award for
Excellence in Teaching Winner Ashok Patel
Ashok recently graduated with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and has had a long and distinguished career as a teaching assistant. He won the electrical engineering departmental teaching assistant award twice and became the first recipient of the department’s award to recognize outstanding performance as a teaching assistant for an extended period of time.
Ming Hsieh EE Systems Associate Chair Antonio Ortega said: "Ashok has been a teaching assistant for some of our most challenging courses, entry-level required graduate courses, in which many students are getting their first taste of the USC academic environment. Many students say that he has been the best teaching assistant they have ever had." Ming Hsieh EE Systems Chair Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk said: "Our faculty and students join me in congratulating Ashok for his exceptional long-term performance as EE teaching assistant."