Penn Engineering 2020 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.

A portrait of Liang Feng.The S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award

Liang Feng, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and in Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body the and Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students.

One student remarked, “Dr. Feng is one of the most caring professors I’ve ever had and truly cares for the success of each and every one of his students. In taking his course last semester, I got a sense of the passion he has for inspiring the next generation of engineers.”

Dr. Feng received a B.S. in Physics from Nanjing University in China in 2002. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego in 2010.

Learn more about Dr. Feng by visiting his website.

Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising

A portrait of Paris Perdikaris.Paris Perdikaris, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 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. Perdikaris is the quintessential mentor, as he has allowed me to pursue a co-advised independent study with him and Professor Talid Sinno in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Given my interdisciplinary interests, this has been an exceptional experience for me for both my research and personal goals.”

Dr. Perdikaris received a diploma in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2009. He went on to earn M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University in 2010 and 2015, respectively.

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

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

Tania Khanna, Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Systems Engineering, 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. Khanna, a student remarked, “I have seen her take a personal interest in making sure every single one of her students builds a strong sense of intuition for the topics at hand, and it pays off. If it wasn’t for Dr. Khanna’s help, I’m not sure if I would still be interested in pursuing a career in electrical engineering.”

Dr. Khanna received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2005. She later earned S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Learn more about Dr. Khanna by visiting her faculty profile.