Durgmadhab Misra, PhD, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received an excellence in teaching award during NJIT’s annual university convocation.
Misra, of Basking Ridge, received the award for demonstrating excellence in the classroom and for encouraging and guiding students to work at their highest academic level.
In addition to his research and teaching duties in the department of electrical and computer engineering, Misra has received National Science Foundation funding to support an undergraduates program at NJIT.
The REU program, under Misra’s guidance, offers undergraduates the chance to gain hands-on experience in applied research at an early stage in their career development. As a result, students perform research leading to publications and conference presentations. The program has attracted minority and women students and has motivated many students to pursue graduate studies, motivated in part by working with doctoral-level students, who serve as mentors.
Misra himself has mentored many students, too, through his participation in the McNair scholarship program at NIT. He has also participated in the Partners in Learning Program at NJIT, in which faculty constructively evaluate other instructors in the classroom. Misra has been especially helpful in recognizing faculty who excel in non-traditional teaching.