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Engineering Professor Receives Piper Award for Outstanding Teaching 

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W. Stafford
Stephen Stafford, professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, received the Piper Award for Outstanding Teaching during convocation at UTEP today.

Recently named interim dean of the College of Engineering, Stafford joined the UTEP faculty in 1976. He holds a bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering from UTEP and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from Rice University.

In presenting the award, UTEP President Diana Natalicio praised Stafford, calling him a “key player” in the success and national recognition of the College of Engineering.

She added that all who know him consider him a consummate teacher.

Since 1958, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has recognized professors at Texas colleges and universities for superior teaching. Today, 15 professors are honored annually with the $5,000 award.

Also at convocation, more than 250 employees were honored for their years of service to the university. Among those recognized was history professor Yasuhide Kawashima, who has been at UTEP for 40 years.

– Kimberly Miller

Horizons Online News. Citing Internet Resources. [Online], Sep 19, 2006.