Penn Engineering 2019 Teaching Awards

The recipients of the annual Penn Engineering teaching and advising awards are selected directly by Penn Engineering students after thoughtful consideration. The School is filled with gifted educators who inspire students with their dedication and excellence.


The S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award

Igor Bargatin, Class of 1965 Term Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students.

One student remarked, “Dr. Bargatin wove vivid examples into his classes and opened my eyes to the field of Thermodynamics. Whether it is in an aircraft, the human body, or the weather, I can now see applications of Dr. Bargatin’s teachings all around me.”

Dr. Bargatin received a B.S. in Theoretical Physics at MV Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2000. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2008.

Learn more about Dr. Bargatin by visiting his faculty profile.


Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising

David F. Meaney, Solomon R. Pollack Professor and chair of Bioengineering, has been awarded the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising. This award recognizes dedication to helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals.

One student remarked, “Dr. Meaney personally values how students in BE are being supported by the department and helps students to the best of his abilities. He also cares about students’ success and how this will impact the community outside of Penn. In addition to being the chair of Bioengineering, he teaches or is involved with several of the courses, and cares about how well these courses prepare students for real applications.”

Dr. Meaney received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987. He went on to earn M.S.E. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in
1988 and 1991, respectively.

Learn more about Dr. Meaney by visiting his faculty profile.


Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track

Swapneel Sheth, Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Science, has been awarded the
Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track. This
award recognizes outstanding teaching ability, dedication to innovative undergraduate instruction, and exemplary service to the School in consistently inspiring students in the engineering and scientific profession.

Describing Dr. Sheth, a student remarked that “he is very energetic in each class and is really into his field. He wants to get to know as many students as possible and is always open to helping them. You can tell that he loves teaching and I always come to his class with enthusiasm and excitement.”

Dr. Sheth received a B.E. in Computer Engineering from the Sardar Patel College of Engineering of Mumbai University in 2006. He later earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Learn more about Dr. Sheth by visiting his website.