Congratulations to Mike - GWEC Educator of the Year at the two-year associate program level. From the GWEC press release:
The GWEC award is given annually to up to two academic instructors from all levels of postsecondary education (associate, baccalaureate, graduate) in recognition of programmatic and individual contributions to wireless engineering, communications, systems and/or technology education. The award acknowledges the fundamental and foundational work of educators in preparing students for employment in the mobile and wireless industries and underscores the importance, from an educational perspective, of keeping pace with technological advancements when developing tomorrow’s technology leaders.
Here's more about Mike from the press release:
An Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, Mr. Qaissaunee is founding Director of the Mid-Atlantic Institute for Telecommunications Technologies (MAITT), established through funding from the National Science Foundation to develop cutting-edge technician education programs in wireless communications. As Principle Investigator (PI) of this project, Mr. Qaissaunee has led the development and implementation of nine (9) new courses related to wireless communications technologies and has presented at over thirty (30) conferences and seminars. Mr. Qaissaunee is also Co-Principle Investigator (Co-PI) for the National Center for Telecommunications Technologies (NCTT) located in Springfield, Massachusetts, serving as a subject matter expert in wireless communications and leading NCTT's national dissemination efforts.
Mr. Qaissaunee is also working with Hofstra University's Center for Technological Literacy to develop contemporary, high-interest materials for high school technology students and teachers that address standards-driven technological concepts and skills and promote promising STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career choices. Mr. Qaissaunee has been active at his own campus and around the country in promoting the adoption of new technologies in and approaches to teaching and learning, including: blogs, audio and video podcasts, wikis, mobile computing, and educational gaming and simulation.
Michael Qaissaunee received his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE).
Mike will be in fine company with Dr Moe Z. Win, the award designee at the graduate level. Dr Win is an Associate Professor at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
And even more from the press release:
Selected from a competitive pool of nominees, Dr. Win and Mr. Qaissaunee are being honored for their demonstrated leadership in wireless education, documented collaboration with the wireless industry, support and mentoring of students in wireless projects, their own innovative research and educational initiatives, and their efforts in preparing students for employment in wireless and wireless-related industries.
The 2007 GWEC Wireless Educator of the Year Awards will be presented at the world’s largest telecommunications event dedicated exclusively to wireless, convergence and mobile computing technologies: CTIA Wireless 2007 (www.ctia.org/ctiawireless). The two distinguished award recipients will travel to and attend the convention March 27-29, 2007 in Orlando, Florida, as part of their recognition. An award ceremony is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 on the CTIA’s MEX Stage, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. The event is free and open to all CTIA show registrants.
The Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) is a membership organization committed to the development and expansion of current wireless technology curricula in academic institutions worldwide. Sixty-seven colleges and universities currently participate in GWEC as active education partners. Industry members include Award Solutions Inc., Emona Instruments, Intel Corporation, LCC International Inc., Movilnet, National Instruments, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, UGS Corporation and Verizon Wireless. Affiliate members include IEEE and Andrew Seybold’s Outlook4Mobility. The year 2007 marks GWEC’s 10th anniversary. For more information about GWEC, please visit www.gwec.org.
I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award - CONGRATS Mike!!