Engineering Professor Earns Outstanding Teaching Award


MACON – Mercer University environmental engineering professor Dr. Philip T. McCreanor has been recognized with the 2012 Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award by the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern section. Dr. McCreanor will receive his award at the annual Southeastern section meeting on April 2 at Mississippi State University.

“Dr. McCreanor is truly a leader and innovator in engineering education,” said Dr. Wade H. Shaw, dean and Kaolin Chair of Engineering. “He has been a key designer of our Freshman Engineering Experience and crafted what has become our annual Engineering Expo that is held each April. Currently, Phil is director of our Honors Program, where he leads our efforts to challenge our best and brightest students with exciting laboratory experiences and unique projects that encourage them to be creative problem solvers and innovative thinkers. We are proud to have Phil on our team and this award recognizes his outstanding contributions to Mercer and beyond.”

To be eligible for the award, candidates must be nominated and be an ASEE member and full-time professor for at least five years. The award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to engineering or engineering technology education through classroom performance.

“I am honored that the School of Engineering chose to nominate me for this Award and excited that the ASEE-SE decided to recognize me with it,” Dr. McCreanor said. “I believe that this Award is an acknowledgement of not only my work and efforts but more importantly of the collegial, innovative, student-focused environment at Mercer University and in the School of Engineering in particular.”

Dr. McCreanor is a member of the ASEE, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Solid Waste Association of North America. He is a recipient of the 2000 Frontiers in Education Award and the New Faculty Fellow Award. Dr. McCreanor has received numerous sponsored research awards, many for the Landfill Waste Mass Moisture Sensor Construction Project. He is currently working with the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity on a study of the reuse of residential gray water for landscape irrigation. Dr. McCreanor earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami and both his Master of Science in environmental science and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Central Florida.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus — and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.
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