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Embry-Riddle's Pat Anderson Named 2012 Florida Professor of the Year

Carnegie Foundation Honors Aerospace Engineering Professor for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

Daytona Beach, FL, November 15, 2012

Pat Anderson Named Professor of the Year

Pat Anderson

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching today named aerospace engineering professor Dr. Richard “Pat” Anderson of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University the 2012 Florida Professor of the Year.

The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program, administered for the Carnegie Foundation by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, acknowledges the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the nation, those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching.

This year nearly 300 top professors nominated by colleges and universities across the country were evaluated. Four national winners were chosen; the remainder of the nominees were considered for state honors. Anderson was chosen as the state winner from Florida, one of only 27 states with a candidate who met the judging criteria.

Anderson was nominated by Dr. Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. “Professor Anderson is a selfless, dedicated teacher who has touched the lives of hundreds of students during his 15-year tenure at Embry-Riddle, starting as a flight instructor and working his way up to a professor of aerospace engineering,” said Mirmirani. “His life story is as inspiring as his lectures for the students who flock to his classes to learn about flight and flight vehicles.”

In 2011 Anderson led a team of students who competed in NASA’s Green Flight Challenge with the world’s first gas/electric hybrid manned aircraft. In the classroom, he has pioneered methods of synchronous distance teaching that bring Daytona Beach students together with students at industry locations in a seamless classroom setting. In 2006 Anderson was the recipient of both the Researcher of the Year Award and the Faculty Advisor of the Year Award at the Daytona Beach Campus. He is certified as an airline transport pilot, flight instructor and aircraft mechanic.

The winners of the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professors of the Year program are gathered in Washington, D.C., today to attend an awards luncheon at the National Press Club and an evening reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The winners will be listed at

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