Dr. Philip S. Schmidt, the Donald J. Douglass Centennial Professor in Engineering, has been selected to receive the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award for 2009.
The award recognizes a senior faculty member for a distinguished career in teaching at the undergraduate level and is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to teaching excellence.
The Chancellor's Council of the University of Texas System funds the award that provides recipients with an honorarium, which this year is $3,000. Schmidt also will receive $2,500 from the Presidents Associates funds. A ceremony recognizing Schmidt and other university academic award recipients will be held in January.
Schmidt earned his doctor's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1968. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1970. Schmidt is a faculty member of the Thermal/Fluids Systems program and director of the Mechanical Engineering Department's Project-Centered Engineering Education program. He was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 1993 and designated an inaugural University Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1995.
Schmidt specializes in the design of industrial thermal systems and processes for manufacturing. He also is a nationally recognized leader in the application of project-based methods in engineering instruction.