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Civil Engineering’s Daniel Budny inducted into “Book of Great Teachers” at Purdue University

PITTSBURGH  (December 18, 2013) … In recognition of his tenure as a former faculty member at the Purdue University College of Engineering,  Daniel Budny, PhD  was inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers this December. Dr. Budny is associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and academic director of the Freshman Engineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. 

Purdue's Book of Great Teachers "bears the names of past and present faculty members who have devoted their lives to excellence in teaching and scholarship." Honorees include past and present faculty members as chosen by students and faculty peers. During his tenure at Purdue from 1989-2000 Dr. Budny was a recipient of the Best Teacher Award in Engineering Education (1996) and the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (1992-1993). 

Dr. Budny's academic and professional interests are in the fields of basic fluid mechanics and in the development of programs that assist first-year engineering students by providing counseling and cooperative learning environments. In addition, Dr. Budny has developed international service learning projects in South America for Swanson School engineering undergraduates. This past summer (2013) students in his International Senior Design Experience constructed a water distribution system in the indigenous Kuna Nega community near Panama City, Panama, with the support of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). In 2011 his international learning project to build a water distribution system in Tingo Pucará, Ecuador was recognized by EWB-USA with its Premier Project Award, which recognizes excellence in EWB-USA projects and highlights projects that deliver high quality, sustainable solutions to help meet the basic needs of partnering communities abroad. 

He also serves as General Program Chair of the national First Year Engineering Experience Conference co-presented by Notre Dame University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 he was recognized as Professor of the Year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). He earned his BS in civil engineering and MS in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University, and his MS in engineering mechanics and PhD in civil engineering from Michigan State University.


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