Dr. Sarah Rajala Recognized for Engineering Excellence

Dr. Rajala

Since her recent appointment as the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head and the James Worth Bagley Chair, Dr. Sarah Rajala will earn three additional awards of distinction.

Colleagues and peers-located around the nation-will recognize Rajala with honors that include, President-Elect for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division Educator of the Year, and Fellow of the ASEE.

Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. Its 12,000+ members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students, and government and industry representatives. As president-elect Rajala will ensure that the organization's individual, as well as its organizational members will promote engineering education.

"Raising awareness of the engineering profession among our nation's youth and encouraging them to earn an engineering degree and work in the field is essential for America to keep its competitive edge," said Rajala.

In addition, the ASEE ECE will name Rajala the Division Educator of the Year. The organization is honoring her with this award because of her contributions to the ECE profession that include, excellence in instruction, research and public service, as well as fostering the technological education of society. The first criterion is defined as evidence of excellence in education in the classroom or through supervision of independent study projects. This is demonstrated through standardized student evaluations and student recommendation letters. The second is exemplified through contributions to ECE education that goes beyond the candidate's institution. During her time at NC State, Rajala generated more than $22-million in grants for electrical engineering research. She also has authored more than 185 books, refereed publications, technical reports, and invited papers and presentations that have been published and used throughout the country.

With her past and recent honors, as well as highly regarded contributions, it is no wonder that Rajala will be inducted as a Fellow at the annual ASEE conference and exposition to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii in June. The honor is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded in the engineering and education profession. Acting Dean of the BCoE, said, "We're extremely honored to have Dr. Sarah Rajala leading our ECE division." He added, "Rajala's expertise and accomplishments are an example of the type of high-level faculty we will be recruiting to ensure that the Bagley College of Engineering is rated as one of the top 50 engineering colleges in the nation."

Rajala received her doctorate in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1979. She has been named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and received the "Opening Doors Award" from the Business and Professional Women of the Triangle in 2002. In addition, she and two of her colleagues were recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2000. She has held other prestigious honors and is a member of several professional societies including the ASEE.