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UTEP Professor Receives Prestigious Award


Lawrence E. Murr
UTEP Professor Receives
Prestigious Award
 
Lawrence E. Murr, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at The University of Texas at El Paso, has been selected as a Distinguished Piper Professor of 2010 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Lawrence E. Murr, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at UTEP.The Piper Professor Program awards 15 professors annually for superior teaching at the college level in the state of Texas. Recipients are well-rounded, devoted to the teaching profession and have had a special impact on students and the community.

“I was shocked,” Murr said. “It felt really good to have someone take notice of me as a teacher of merit.”

Award recipients receive an honorarium of $5,000.

Murr also was recently awarded the 2009 Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award. He has taught for more than 45 years, the last 20 at UTEP.

“We are very proud that Dr. Lawrence Murr has been recognized as one of this year’s Piper Professors. His sustained commitment to UTEP students and his innovative laboratory initiatives have helped build the University’s national reputation as a top-tier institution for engineering education and cutting-edge research,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said.

Since its inception in 1958, 12 UTEP professors have been selected for the Piper Professor Program. The roster of Piper Professors includes outstanding professors from two- and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private.

Candidates are nominated through each university’s President's Office. An impartial selection committee from the academic community carefully reviews each nomination to choose those professors to be honored.

Originally posted on News @ UTEP.