In January, Professor Anton Bowden received the department "Outstanding Teaching Award" and Professor Andrew Ning accepted the "Outstanding Research Award".
On January 27, 2017, two awards were given to two of the professors here in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Professor Anton Bowden was given the “Outstanding Teaching Award” and Professor Andrew Ning was presented with the “Outstanding Research Award”.
Professor Andrew Ning earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department where he focused heavily on aerodynamics, aircraft design, and computational modeling. Previously, he has received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
Dr. Ning did a substantial amount of work to receive the “Outstanding Research Award”, including offering advisement to nine graduate students and twelve undergraduate students. Dr. Ning and these students focused on two related research areas: wind energy and aircraft design.
“One of the main problems we are exploring in wind energy is designing wind farms,” Dr. Ning said. “Wind farms have complex wake interactions and we are looking at simultaneous design of the layout, the controls, and the turbines themselves.”
Furthermore, on the aircraft side one of the main projects involves designing highly efficient solar-powered aircraft capable of staying in the air for months at a time to deliver internet in developing areas of the world.
“A lot of great things are going on,” Ning remarked. “We are fortunate to be able to work with great students.”
Likewise, Professor Anton Bowden was the recipient of the “Outstanding Teaching Award” which was based on student evaluations of teaching and on graduate and undergraduate student advisement. Dr. Bowden received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University with a minor in computer science and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Bioengineering. Now, Dr. Bowden has spent almost ten years at BYU where he has mentored dozens of graduate and undergraduate students in his research labs, as well as taught over one 1,500 engineering students in various courses.
“[BYU] has been an amazing experience. The faculty in the department are some of the best researchers and teachers that I have ever encountered, and each member of the department has been a mentor to me in one aspect or another,” Dr. Bowden said. “I truly believe that the students at BYU are the best in the world. It is humbling to teach such amazing people. They are deeply interested in…learning to apply what they have learned to make the world a better place.”
Dr. Bowden credits much of his success to his family, who he says “tease [him] back down to earth when [he] gets a swelled head.” Overall, he mentions that without them, he never would have made it through the ups and downs of being a professor.
Both professors work extremely hard every day to help students and faculty here at BYU. Although their achievements are extraordinary, both say they have been humbled by this fantastic experience.