(Reamon, Derek - 2009) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy
Award or Honor Receipt
Since joining the CU-Boulder faculty in 2000, Derek Reamon’s teaching has focused on infusing active learning components into course materials to make concepts more understandable and accessible to students. He has been a leader in introducing hands-on laboratory modules into the mechanical engineering curriculum. Reamon developed a unique mechatronics (computer controlled machines) course that allows students to explore the interface between chemical and electronic systems by designing autonomous robots, a course which has become one of the department’s most popular electives. His incorporation of a spring-powered baseball-launching competition into a component design class requires students to translate theory into real-world experience. As co-director of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, Reamon helped to develop One Day’s Pay, an innovative program launched last summer in which students participate in community-based projects that provide novel and affordable engineering solutions to low-income residents. Reamon has been recognized for his tireless contributions to teaching with the Charles Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award and as the Outstanding Undergraduate Educator in Mechanical Engineering.