Three faculty members in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have been honored with the 2020 Emerson Electric Co. “Excellence in Teaching” awards. 

ShiNung Ching, associate professor of electrical & systems engineering; Matthew Lew, assistant professor of electrical & systems engineering; and Patricia Weisensee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, were among the seven recipients across four schools at Washington University.

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards Program is now in its 31st year. Each year, honorees are chosen by the deans of their schools and by the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Awards recognize teachers across the St. Louis metropolitan area for their outstanding commitment to educational excellence.


The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 140 full-time faculty, 1,387 undergraduate students, 1,448 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

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