Nangia Named TACNY College Educator of the Year

March 17, 2016

The Technology Alliance of Central New York has selected Professor Shikha Nangia as their College Educator of the Year. This award recognizes an educator who has made outstanding contributions in technology education at the college level in Central New York.

Through funding provided by a 2015 Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Excellence Award, Nangia developed interactive web-based simulations that transform fundamental chemical engineering concepts into hands-on, active learning applications. The interactive apps simulate realistic physical systems in two-dimensional graphs, equations, and diagrams. Her students develop conceptual questions for weekly quizzes based on what they observe while using the apps— fostering inquiry, initiative, and teamwork.

Nangia says, “My efforts focus on making science and engineering accessible to the vast majority of students, increasing the diversity of students who enroll and succeed in STEM disciplines, and reforming the College’s biochemical and chemical engineering curricula.”

Nangia will receive her Educator of the Year award at the 17th TACNY Annual Celebration of Technology on March 21 at the Electronics Parkway Holiday Inn in Liverpool, N.Y.

Registration to attend the event, which will feature a keynote speech on Advancing Technology for Space Exploration from University Professor Sean O’Keefe, is currently open.

This award comes fast on the heels of another award for Nangia. It was recently announced that she has won the American Chemical Society’s competitive OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for her efforts using computational techniques to identify strategies to enable transport of drug molecules across the blood brain barrier.