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Frederick J. Berger Award

Nomination Open: 11/29/2021

Nomination Deadline: 03/04/2022

Dr. Frederick J. Berger has been acclaimed for his many noteworthy contributions to engineering technology education, including his many years of service at City University of New York and as the long-time Executive Director and sponsor of Tau Alpha Pi. Tau Alpha Pi is the professional honor society for engineering technology that was founded in 1953 by Jesse DeFore at the Southern Technical Institute (now Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Georgia. From the 1960's to the 1990's, Dr. Berger oversaw the dramatic growth of Tau Alpha Pi into a viable national honor society. 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. 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.  

NOMINATION FORM

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. Nominations should be made by an engineering technology school or department in fulfillment of the qualifying criteria. Because it is the intent of the award to recognize the implementing individual, as well as the qualifying activities, a curriculum vita (maximum of two pages) for the person most associated with the activity must be included in the nomination packet. The nomination is to be signed by the dean (or the top administrator supervising the engineering technology program) indicating that they also will financially support the attendance of the recipient at the Engineering Technology Award Dinner and the ASEE Annual Awards banquet. The nomination shall be submitted online at the ASEE National Award Nominations and shall not exceed six pages excluding the vita.

The nomination form can be found in the link below (note that only ASEE members can submit an award nomination)  

NOMINATION FORM

No individual or department shall receive the award more than once, and no institution shall receive two awards within any five year period. An individual or department may be renominated. A nomination may be reactivated for up to two additional years after the initial submission upon written request from the appropriate official of the institution in which the department is housed or where the nominee was employed during the activities recognized by the award.

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Frederick J. Berger Award

Nomination Open: 11/29/2021

Nomination Deadline: 03/04/2022

2022 winner:

Dr. Alok K. Verma is Professor, Powell Chair and Head of the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University in Galveston, TX. Dr. Verma received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the famed institution IIT Kanpur, MS in Engineering Mechanics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU. Prof. Verma is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has organized several international conferences as General Chair, including ICAM-2006 and ICAM-1999, and also serves as associate editor for three International Journals. Dr. Verma’s scholarly publications include more than 100 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and over 50 technical reports. He has served as a PI or Co-PI on several funded competitive grants exceeding $4.0 million from agencies like NSF, DOE, NSRP etc. He is well-known internationally and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and invited papers at more than 12 national and international conferences. Dr. Verma is the recipient of the McGraw-Berger Award and Isadore T. Davis award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for contribution to Engineering Technology Education, Regional Alumni Award for Excellence for contribution to Lean Manufacturing research, International Education Award at ODU and Ben Sparks Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is active in ASME, ASEE, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Dr. Verma has recently moved from Hampton Roads, Virginia where he served on the board of several non-profit organizations like Norfolk Sister City Association, World Affairs Council and Asian Indians of Hampton Roads. For his services to the community and work with underrepresented groups, he was awarded the Diversity Champion Award by Old Dominion University and Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC).

Dr. Frederick J. Berger has been acclaimed for his many noteworthy contributions to engineering technology education, including his many years of service at City University of New York and as the long-time Executive Director and sponsor of Tau Alpha Pi. Tau Alpha Pi is the professional honor society for engineering technology that was founded in 1953 by Jesse DeFore at the Southern Technical Institute (now Kennesaw State University) in Marietta, Georgia. From the 1960's to the 1990's, Dr. Berger oversaw the dramatic growth of Tau Alpha Pi into a viable national honor society. 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. 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.  

NOMINATION FORM

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. Nominations should be made by an engineering technology school or department in fulfillment of the qualifying criteria. Because it is the intent of the award to recognize the implementing individual, as well as the qualifying activities, a curriculum vita (maximum of two pages) for the person most associated with the activity must be included in the nomination packet. The nomination is to be signed by the dean (or the top administrator supervising the engineering technology program) indicating that they also will financially support the attendance of the recipient at the Engineering Technology Award Dinner and the ASEE Annual Awards banquet. The nomination shall be submitted online at the ASEE National Award Nominations and shall not exceed six pages excluding the vita.

The nomination form can be found in the link below (note that only ASEE members can submit an award nomination)  

NOMINATION FORM

No individual or department shall receive the award more than once, and no institution shall receive two awards within any five year period. An individual or department may be renominated. A nomination may be reactivated for up to two additional years after the initial submission upon written request from the appropriate official of the institution in which the department is housed or where the nominee was employed during the activities recognized by the award.

Showing 1 - 10 of 31 results

Year Winner Name
2021 Robert Weissbach
2020 Michael D. Johnson
2019 Keith V. Johnson
2018 Gray D. Steffen
2017 Not Presented
2016 Niaz Latif
2015 Scott Dunning
2014 Jay R Porter
2013 Marilyn A. Dyrud
2012 Ken Rennels

Frederick J. Berger Award

2022 winner:

Alok K. Verma

Dr. Alok K. Verma is Professor, Powell Chair and Head of the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University in Galveston, TX. Dr. Verma received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the famed institution IIT Kanpur, MS in Engineering Mechanics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU. Prof. Verma is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has organized several international conferences as General Chair, including ICAM-2006 and ICAM-1999, and also serves as associate editor for three International Journals. Dr. Verma’s scholarly publications include more than 100 journal articles and papers in conference proceedings and over 50 technical reports. He has served as a PI or Co-PI on several funded competitive grants exceeding $4.0 million from agencies like NSF, DOE, NSRP etc. He is well-known internationally and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and invited papers at more than 12 national and international conferences. Dr. Verma is the recipient of the McGraw-Berger Award and Isadore T. Davis award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for contribution to Engineering Technology Education, Regional Alumni Award for Excellence for contribution to Lean Manufacturing research, International Education Award at ODU and Ben Sparks Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is active in ASME, ASEE, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Dr. Verma has recently moved from Hampton Roads, Virginia where he served on the board of several non-profit organizations like Norfolk Sister City Association, World Affairs Council and Asian Indians of Hampton Roads. For his services to the community and work with underrepresented groups, he was awarded the Diversity Champion Award by Old Dominion University and Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC).

Past Winners

Showing 1 - 10 of 31 results
Year Winner Name
2021 Robert Weissbach
2020 Michael D. Johnson
2019 Keith V. Johnson
2018 Gray D. Steffen
2017 Not Presented
2016 Niaz Latif
2015 Scott Dunning
2014 Jay R Porter
2013 Marilyn A. Dyrud
2012 Ken Rennels