Sarah Wilson, a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, is the 2021 winner of the Henry Mason Lutes Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.
Sarah Wilson teaches multiple lecture-based courses and acts as the lead instructor for her department’s two-course chemical engineering laboratory series. She has been recognized by students and faculty through numerous teaching awards, including the departmental Outstanding Teacher in Chemical Engineering Award (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021), Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teaching Award (2019) and the Provost Outstanding Teaching Award (2019). When the university was challenged with the transition to online learning last spring, Wilson held an in-person training session for her department and co-hosted three national webinars on effective practices for online teaching. Students remark upon Wilson’s ability to make them feel validated when asking questions and making even the hardest concepts easy to understand. In addition to her teaching, Wilson has received an NSF grant to study mental health-related help-seeking in undergraduate engineering students. She and her UK collaborators are seeking to better understand engineering student mental health, with a goal of developing mental health interventions that are guided by data and social science theory. Wilson has also collaborated with two colleagues from outside UK to develop a workshop on promoting mental health and wellness in undergraduate engineering students.
Congratulations to Dr. Wilson on receiving this distinguished honor!