FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Outstanding Educators Recognized by The Engineers’ Council

Friday, Feb 28, 2014
FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Outstanding Educators Recognized by The Engineers’ Council

Mohammad Ilyas, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science was presented with the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award and Daniel Meeroff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, was presented with the John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award by The Engineers’ Council. The awards were presented at the 4th Annual National Engineers Week Honors and Awards Banquet held on February 21 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The event was hosted by The Engineers’ Council in partnership with the Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach County.

"I am very proud of our institution’s engineering programs,” said Gary W. Perry, Ph.D., interim provost and chief academic officer at FAU. “Dean Ilyas and Professor Meeroff are incredibly talented teachers and mentors who bring great prestige to our University and to the engineering discipline."

The Distinguished Engineering Educator Award recognizes individuals who are outstanding in professional qualities and have a top reputation for engineering education, mentorship and leadership. Ilyas was selected for his established record of research and teaching in wireless communication and sensor networks and healthcare technologies. He has written more than 200 technical publications and has advised more than 45 graduate students in his 30 years of academic experience.

The John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award recognizes outstanding people as a means of providing a model of excellence in leadership and achievements with compassion for others while focusing on bettering the engineering community. Meeroff was recognized for this award for his work with students to develop their research skills and provide challenging real-world projects while also teaching, doing research and working on service activities.

The Engineers’ Council is a not-for-profit professional society that was founded in 1955 to advance education in engineering and the sciences, encourage engineering career selection and to recognize engineers for their accomplishments. The annual banquet was attended by representatives from engineering, manufacturing, education and technical society organizations. Proceeds from the banquet are used to fund scholarships, high school mentoring and middle-school math and science educational enrichment programs the council engages in throughout the year.

The BDB is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida whose mission is to stimulate economic energy, promote business diversity and enrich the vitality of Palm Beach County through the relocation, retention, and expansion of companies to or in Palm Beach County.