Yannis Korkolis, associate professor in mechanical engineering, recently received a 2018 Ralph E. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.
The award recognizes early career engineering educators and provides the opportunity to network with practicing engineers during the SAE World Congress.
“Professor Korkolis’s commitment to hands-on engineering education for UNH students, combined with his active industrial partnerships, make him an ideal candidate for this prestigious award,” says Wayne Jones, dean of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
A panel of judges chose this year’s awardees based on their contributions to teaching, curriculum development and research, professional development, publications related to SAE mobility interests and letters of support.
Korkolis, who has been at UNH since 2009, was nominated by Brad Kinsey, chair of the department of mechanical engineering.
“Professor Korkolis has contributed tremendously to curriculum development, student mentoring, teaching and research for the automotive and aerospace industries,” says Kinsey. “He holds his students to a high standard and strives to teach them not only the fundamentals but how these are applied to solve real-world engineering problems.”
Korkolis will accept his award at the SAE 2018 World Congress on Tuesday, April 10, in Detroit, Michigan.
“I am honored to receive this award,” says Korkolis, whose manufacturing research explores ways to make vehicles lighter and stronger so they will use less fuel, emit fewer pollutants and be safer during crashes. “This award is an opportunity to continue working alongside the automotive industry so that my research remains focused on enabling these practical goals.”