Three Applied Science educators receive UBC’s highest teaching honour

Applied Science educators Yusuf Altintas, Greg Johnson and Ronald Kellett each received UBC Killam Teaching Prizes during the May 2011 convocation ceremonies at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts.

Students describe mechanical engineering professor Altintas as “a passionate, enthusiastic and devoted teacher. With equal parts real-life examples, well-designed labs and an infectious desire to pass on a joy of discovery to his students, he makes the most theoretical engineering subjects come to life.”

Students and colleagues refer to civil engineering and architecture instructor Johnson as “an outstanding teacher who brings an enormous amount of professional experience to the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Department of Civil Engineering. His dedication to teaching and his clear and engaging presentation style make him a rare gem of a teacher.”

Landscape architecture professor Kellett is known to his students and colleagues as “a dedicated teacher, a valued mentor, an intellectual role model and a respected colleague. His passion for his subject is not only encouraging to the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and planning, but addictive to students lucky enough to work with him.”

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