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Amit Bhasin - President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

amit bhasin in lab with students

Jan. 7, 2016

Each year, the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards recognize great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum. These recipients are UT Austin’s educational innovators whose commitment and performance not only instruct, but inspire. Associate Professor Amit Bhasin was one of eight award recipients for 2015-2016.

Bhasin joined UT Austin as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in fall 2008. Since then he has not only established a world-class research program in the area of infrastructure materials but has also focused on enhancing the undergraduate learning experience.

Bhasin created a virtual laboratory that provides students with a unique simulated laboratory testing experience that supplements their classroom learning. He was later selected by the National Academy of Engineering to present his work on the virtual laboratory at the Frontiers of Education workshop in 2014.

He was also a co-grantee of a competitive Curriculum Innovation Grant (CIG) at UT Austin to overhaul the freshman introductory course to civil engineering and to create a template that can be used and followed by other disciplines for their respective introductory courses.

In 2013, Bhasin was the recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award by the UT System Board of Regents.

The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards are made possible by contributions from friends of the university known as the President’s Associates who are committed to the quality of educational programs at UT Austin.