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Castelli and Carpenter honored as outstanding teachers

Release Date: April 5, 2014

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At Lawrence Tech’s teaching awards program are (L-R), LTU Provost Maria Vaz, award recipients Donald Carpenter and Patty Castelli, Henry Horldt, and President Virinder Moudgil.

Lawrence Technological University Associate Professor Patty Castelli is this year’s winner of the Henry and Barbara Horldt Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professor Donald Carpenter is the recipient of the Teaching Using Technology Award. The awards were presented at a March 21 reception. 

On hand to help present the first award was Henry B. Horldt, BSIE’55, who funds the annual Horldt award in honor of his father who was a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University.

Castelli specializes in instructional technology and administrative and organizational studies. She received her PhD from Wayne State University and has taught at Lawrence Tech since 1995.

One of her students commented: “Dr. Castelli’s quick response to students coupled with her knowledge makes her an outstanding professor. She is willing to go above and beyond to help students.”

Another student said that Castelli provides an excellent balance of lecture, class discussion, and student presentations while encouraging student participation. She also makes herself available outside the classroom.

“Knowing that your professor sees you as much more than a body occupying a seat in a classroom means a lot in helping to maintain focus and enthusiasm for your studies. From the first course in the DBA program I knew that I wanted Dr. Castelli on my Dissertation Committee,” the student wrote.
Teaching Using Technology Award
Carpenter received a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and has been teaching at Lawrence Tech since 2000. He became a full professor of civil engineering in 2013.

A few years ago Carpenter designed a stormwater trail at Lawrence Tech to demonstrate various techniques for reducing and filtering water runoff. He is in the process of completing a virtual stormwater trail with informational videos that describe the various stormwater management techniques that can make watersheds more sustainable.

The short videos and descriptions already finished may be accessed through QR codes posted on the tour signage. Visitors can interact with the trail using their smart phones or tablets. There is also an interactive tour booklet online.

The tour can be viewed entirely online at www.ltu.edu/water/tour.asp and www.ltu.edu/lid/sample.asp.

The tour references techniques used in civil engineering, architecture, and urban design. It promotes the value of an LTU education through its outreach to high schools and government agencies and nonprofits interested in preserving a sustainable water supply, LTU Provost Maria Vaz noted in presenting the award.

“This hybrid and virtual tour engages students outside the traditional classroom and allows for just-in-time learning engagement,” Vaz said.