FAIRFIELD — The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has chosen Fairfield University Professor Evangelos Hadjimichael of Woodbridge  to receive its 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award for New England. Hadjimichael, founding dean of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, is now professor of Physics and Engineering at Fairfield. The presentation will take place at the ASEE national awards next month in Indianapolis.

Said Bruce Berdanier, professor and dean of Fairfield’s School of Engineering: “Dr. Hadjimichael’s contributions to Fairfield University and his longtime dedication to its students and campus community are remarkable. Among his many achievements has been fostering young peoples’ passion to study engineering, while inspiring them to pursue careers in vital STEM-related industries.”

Hadjimichael’s accomplishments are indeed many. He was instrumental in merging the Bridgeport Engineering Institute with Fairfield University, thus establishing the School of Engineering, for which he was the founding dean. During his 15-year tenure as dean he established academic alliances that continue to provide a seamless pathway for community college students into the School of Engineering, and he introduced programmatic and curricular innovations, including an Assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement Process (ACQIP), which proved to be invaluable in the School gaining re-accreditation in 1999 and 2005 from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

More recently, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering elected Hadjimichael to membership in its select organization, and the State Legislature appointed him to the Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education.