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USC Award for Excellence in Teaching to Prasanta Ghosh


November 22, 2010 —

Left: USC Award for Excellence in Teaching Winner Prasanta Ghosh; Right: Ming Hsieh EE Systems Associate Chair Antonio Ortega
Prasanta Ghosh 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. Prasanta 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 2011. 

Prasanta received his BE from Jadavpur University and his MSc from Indian Institute of Science, before joining the PhD program at USC in 2006. At USC he has had a short but exceptional career as a teaching assistant. He was a TA for just two academic years, yet he received the best TA award both times.

Ming Hsieh EE Systems Associate Chair Antonio Ortega said: "Students in his classes, among the most abstract and mathematical in the EE curriculum, benefited from his availability, his willingness to spend extra time helping them and his knack for understanding what might be confusing them."  Ming Hsieh EE Systems Chair Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk said: "Our faculty and students join me in congratulating Prasanta for his outstanding performance as EE teaching assistant."