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ECE Assistant Professor Mahnoosh Alizadeh receives a Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award

January 2nd, 2019

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UCSB COE assistant professors Alizadeh (ECE) and Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz (ME) co-recipients of the award for junior faculty in STEM fields who have demonstrated excellence in their teaching techniques, activities, and lectures, as well as in their interactions with students, colleagues, and staff

Alizadeh joined the ECE Department in November 2016 after completing postdoctoral studies at Stanford University. Her research interests include technologies for integrating renewable energy, and designing scalable and decentralized control and economic mechanisms to optimize the energy grid. She says that receiving an award based on student input makes this recognition even more special.

“I try to help everyone achieve their potential,” said Alizadeh, director of the Smart Infrastructure Systems Laboratory. “Our students come from different backgrounds and have different starting points, but with the right help and guidance, they all have excellent potential. My philosophy is to always provide encouragement if I see a student trying their best, even if they are not doing very well in class. It’s the improvement curve that matters.”

The most important responsibility of a professor, according to Alizadeh, is providing students with opportunities for growth.

“Seeing students challenge themselves when presented with exciting learning or research opportunities and watching their extraordinary academic and social growth have been the biggest joys of my career at UCSB,” she said.

COE News – "Two Engineering Junior Faculty Receive Excellence in Teaching Award" (full article)

Alizadeh's COE Profile