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K-State Today

January 6, 2016

Two engineering professors make Top 25 list

By Mary Rankin

William Dunn and Terry Beck, both professors of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, have been recognized as two of the 25 top professors of mechanical engineering at OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com.

The blog recognizes outstanding educators in specific areas of study, noting their contributions to academia in general, as well as online education in particular.

Criteria for selection include the following:

• Actively teaching at their institution — all of the top 25 currently teach at their affiliated institutions.

• Publications — all of these mechanical engineering professionals have authored or co-authored publications, either in journals, books or other mediums.

• Outside affiliations — these professors have been actively involved over the course of their tenure with other organizations, either private or government-affiliated.

• Level of education — all of these professionals have earned a doctoral degree in the field of mechanical engineering, highlighting both their dedication and passion, as well as their skill and expertise.

Dunn is the department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and the Steven M. and Kay L. Theede chair in engineering at K-State. His research endeavors include both mechanical and nuclear engineering. He has been the treasurer of the International Radiation Physics Society since 2012 and has held numerous other positions in other organizations. Dunn holds a number of patents and has been widely published since 1992.

Beck has been with the College of Engineering at K-State since 1979 and is currently a full professor. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and a number of other professional organizations. He received the college's Outstanding Advisor Award in 2009, the Snell Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2008 and numerous other recognitions.

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