Drs. Hudon and Rainbow receive Carolyn Small Education and Innovator Award

Posted on January 23, 2019

Hudon and Rainbow

Dr. Michael Rainbow, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; and Dr. Nicolas Hudon, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, are the recipients of the Professor Carolyn Small Engineering Education Innovator Award.

The award is one-time prize presented to pre-tenure faculty members by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in recognition of the 125th anniversary of engineering education at Queen’s. This award is in recognition of outstanding educational innovation in the Faculty that positively influences the teaching practices of other instructors as well as the learning of engineering students.

Dr. Hudon is interested in refining new approaches to building problem-solving skills in engineering students. Focusing on fundamental courses for junior-level chemical engineering students, he employs interactive tutorials and video-recorded examples to help students take systematic approaches to solving engineering problems.

Dr. Rainbow applies principles of active learning to his work in undergraduate courses. He uses time traditionally devoted to lectures for group exercises. Students cover course material on their own using a variety of resources and spend classroom time working together to apply what they’ve learned. The approach is more labour intensive for instructors but research shows improved outcomes for students.

The award bears the name of the first woman graduate of Queen’s Engineering to be appointed as a faculty member. Professor Carolyn Small (BSc ’73) joined the Mechanical Engineering/Clinical Mechanics group in 1987.

Drs. Rainbow and Hudon are invited to be presenters at the Dean’s Showcase on Teaching and Learning on February 20. They will also each receive a grant of $15,000 to be used to support activity relevant to the award such as curriculum development, travel to engineering education or higher education conferences, relevant workshops, educational research, or course development. Winners will also receive a free, one-year membership in the Canadian Engineering Education Association.