Dr. Ashlee Ford Versypt, an assistant professor in Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Ray W. Fahien award from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
The ASEE annually presents the Ray W. Fahien award to an educator who has shown evidence of vision and contribution to chemical engineering education. Nominees for the award are evaluated using two criteria, outstanding teaching effectiveness and educational scholarship. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in training undergraduate or graduate students either in the classroom or through independent study projects. Also, the award recipient should have made significant contributions to chemical engineering education outside of his/her own institution such as the development of instructional methods or materials.
The award is given in honor of Ray Fahien who was an editor for the Chemical Engineering Education journal from 1967-1995 and was considered the father of the journal and someone who gave his time and talents to advance chemical engineering education, particularly for young educators.
Ford Versypt has received numerous awards and accolades during her time as an educator and researcher, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the National Institute of Health’s R35 MIRA grant. Also, she has received the CEAT Excellent Teacher and CEAT Outstanding Mentor awards.
“As an engineering educator and academic scientist, I strive to balance teaching and research and to do my best at both,” Ford Versypt said. “This award recognizes my efforts at disseminating my educational innovations as scholarly products to broaden my impact beyond just my OSU classrooms.”
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