Professor earns national mechanics engineering honor
May 3, 2017
professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout has been recognized nationally for
his contributions to the field as an educator.
Devin Berg is a recipient of the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr.
Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award sponsored by the American Society for
Berg will accept the
award at the ASEE’s annual conference in June in Columbus, Ohio.
The award recognizes
professors of five years or less who are committed to mechanics education. Berg
has taught at UW-Stout since 2012 and is the mechanical engineering
undergraduate program director.
applied learning in his classes. “With each course I lead, I commit to including a hands-on course project
in which students demonstrate and interpret the fundamental mechanics theory
found in everyday objects,” he said. “This helps students see the value of
their engineering science courses by making a strong connection to the
applications found in the world around them.”
He also requires students
to write about their findings and present their work at departmental, college and
university venues. “This gives us the opportunity to practice the writing and
public speaking skills that will be critical in their careers while taking a
core engineering science course,” he said.
He helped create the
mechanical engineering program and has developed some of the program’s curriculum,
including the Impacts of Engineering course “to bring engineering design to
freshmen and a general education audience,” he said.
received a College Collaboration Grant from Stout University Foundation to
incorporate assistive technology design in the Impacts of Engineering course.
Chuck Bomar, dean
of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management,
said Berg is an accomplished instructor in mechanics.
“Dr. Berg’s performance in the classroom is evident in his
student evaluations where students commonly evaluate him as not only one of the
top instructors in the department but one of the best instructors on campus,”
Berg, an Altoona native,
has three mechanical engineering degrees: a bachelor’s from UW-Madison and a master’s
and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
He is part of two
ongoing National Science Foundation grants at UW-Stout, one involving the study
of service learning projects such as Engineers Without Borders USA and another
involving robotics and control systems. The latter is a summer NSF REU, research
experience for undergraduates, on campus.
Top: Associate Professor Devin Berg
works with student Sarah Dillon in a manufacturing engineering lab in Fryklund
Bottom: Devin Berg