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K-State Today

October 19, 2011

Double the excellence: Nuclear engineering program, associate dean win national continuing education awards

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

A Kansas State University continuing education administrator and a nuclear engineering education program the university helps lead are national award winners from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

The awards were presented at the association's annual conference, Oct. 13-15, Orlando, Fla.

A. David Stewart, associate dean in K-State's Division of Continuing Education, won the 2011 Outstanding Leadership Award. This is the association's highest national award, recognizing an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in leadership, theory and practice in continuing higher education on a national and international level.

Stewart has served in the division for more than 15 years and has assisted with the creation of an internal grant funding process, assisted academic units with the development of distance education programs, overseen the division's marketing and communications unit and served as the division's face with education programs with the corporate sector and the U.S. Army post at Fort Riley. He currently serves as the central region representative to the University Professional and Continuing Education Association board of directors, a commissioner on the International Affairs Commission and is past chair of the association region. He also serves as the university's institutional representative to the Association for Continuing Higher Education. Stewart has been a frequent presenter at concurrent sessions at regional and national continuing education conferences.

The Big 12 Engineering Consortium's nuclear engineering program won the Association's Distinguished Credit Program Award, the second continuing education award it has received since its launch this year. Mo Hosni, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at K-State, accepted the award on behalf of the program.

The consortium was founded in 2007 as a means to increase access to engineering courses in high demand areas for Big 12 engineering students. The consortium's 15-credit, fully online nuclear engineering minor program was developed in response to growing industry needs. It is available to working professionals who already have an engineering bachelor's degree and who wish to expand their knowledge and training in the nuclear area.

Learn more about K-State's award-winning distance education programs at http://www.dce.k-state.edu.