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Jacob, Lawson Named to Clark School’s Keystone Academy

Jacob, Lawson Named to Clark School’s Keystone Academy

Pictured from left to right: Wesley Lawson and Bruce Jacob
Pictured from left to right: Wesley Lawson and Bruce Jacob

Professor Wesley Lawson and Associate Professor Bruce Jacob, both Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty, were two of six University of Maryland faculty members to be named to Keystone: The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors.

The Keystone program fosters exemplary undergraduate teaching skills and commitment to excellence in fundamental engineering courses.

Keystone professors receive renewable three-year appointments with a base salary increase and discretionary funds to support their activities, and are assisted by additional support personnel in covered courses.

"Keystone will help to improve student retention and graduation rates by ensuring students the best possible learning experience in the early, formative stages," said Nariman Farvardin, professor and dean. "In the long term, Keystone will help to attract more students to the Clark School, further enhance the school's already strong academic reputation and produce alumni and alumnae who have an even deeper connection to the school because of the great teachers they found here."

ENES 100: "Introduction to Engineering" is the first course covered by Keystone. Other fundamental engineering courses will be included in the future.

The other Keystone professors are William Fourney, chair and professor of aerospace engineering; Peter Kofinas, chemical and biomolecular engineering; Kenneth Kiger, mechanical engineering (ME); and Guangming Zhang, ME and Institute for Systems Research.

January 19, 2006

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