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Barrett Receives NSPE Engineering Education Excellence Award


June 23, 2008 — The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) presented its 2008 Engineering Education Excellence Award to Steven Barrett, associate professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

NSPE established the annual award to honor an outstanding engineering educator. This national award recognizes an engineering faculty member who has "demonstrated the ability to link engineering education with professional practice."

A registered professional engineer in Wyoming and Colorado, Barrett has integrated discussions of licensure, practice and robust design into his coursework and is a strong advocate for professional licensure at the national level. His areas of expertise include image processing, medical laser applications, and embedded controllers.

He regularly publishes articles in the engineering education literature on improving teaching and learning, and also teaches in UW's Engineering Summer Program for high school juniors.

Barrett earned a B.S. in electronic engineering technology (1979) at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Idaho-Moscow (1986) and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas-Austin (1993). UW's senior honor society, Mortar Board, recognized Barrett as outstanding academic adviser.

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