The purpose of the Frederick J. Berger Award is to recognize and encourage both programmatic and individual excellence in engineering technology education. It is presented to both the primary implementing individual and to the engineering technology school or department that have demonstrated leadership in curriculum, scholarly contributions, innovative techniques or administration in engineering technology education. The award jointly recognizes the individual and the activity, the individual and the program, the individual and the department or the individual and the school.
The Award: Established in 1990 by Dr. Frederick J. Berger, the award to the individual consists of a $500 honorarium and a bronze medallion, with representations of Professor Berger and of the Tau Alpha Pi logo inscribed. The academic department recognized receives a $500 honorarium and an inscribed plaque.
Qualifications: An individual must have made a significant impact on a qualifying engineering technology school or program by implementing one or more of the following criteria:
- Exemplary and discernible contributions to engineering technology education and to the advancement of the professional status of engineering technology students.
- Outstanding curricular development, evidence of superior subject matter competence by students, course development and updating and academic student advisement.
- Scholarly contributions including improvement of engineering technology education through authoring textbooks, syllabi and computer applications; active membership in professional societies and participation in professional development activities.
- Innovative techniques involving excellence in teaching and the ability to guide students to scholastic achievement, character growth and leadership potential. Innovative techniques involving laboratory updating, equipment acquisition and utilization, teaching models and aids as well as the integration of lab exercises with lecture presentations.
- Administrative support for course development; placement assistance; acquiring quality buildings and facilities; linking with industry and selecting, retaining and developing outstanding faculty.
A qualifying institution must be an ASEE technical college member, and must have at least one associate or baccalaureate level program accredited by TAC/ABET. A qualifying department must be housed within a qualifying institution. The institution must also have an active Tau Alpha Pi chapter on campus.
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