2015-16 UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching

29 faculty and staff honored at fall awards

OCTOBER 5, 2016

Peruse the accomplishments of the 29 staff and faculty members being honored at this year’s fall awards ceremony, and you’ll find yourself thinking the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is in good hands.

The winners are people doing groundbreaking research, putting in extra effort to make sure students get an exceptional education and tackling tough challenges head-on.

Their hard work was honored by Chancellor Mark Mone at an Oct. 5 ceremony at the Union.

Arijit Sen, associate professor, Department of Architecture

Arijit Sen is known in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning as someone who forges ties with the community. He established and runs the summertime BLC Field School, which puts undergraduate students together with doctoral candidates, faculty and community members to investigate issues in a neighborhood.

He also teaches the Washington Park Studio, in which students work with communities that are underserved by design professionals and beset by inadequate infrastructure. The students interview members of the community and suggest proposals to enhance the neighborhood.

His efforts, former student Anna Grosch pointed out, highlight the importance of going beyond the technical aspects of architecture to explore how humans are affected.

“Dr. Sen is enormously committed to his teaching and its enormous potential to inspire, empower and enrich the lives of individual people within our community,” Grosch said. “I personally have benefited from working with Dr. Sen and sincerely hope that his efforts as a teacher will be rewarded.”

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