Cal Poly Engineering Announces Faculty and Staff Awards

January 09, 2015

Lockheed Martin Professorship

The Lockheed Martin Professorship recognizes a faculty member who has contributed new knowledge in the field of engineering, partners with industry, involves students with advanced ideas, and enhances teaching by introducing state-of-the-art topics into the classroom. Dolan works in the area of power and energy, focusing on energy efficiency, sustainable energy and power electronics, all which directly serve the aerospace industry. His partnerships with industry included work with Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., on the “MEA (More Electric Aircraft) Failure Simulation” project. He also received support from Lockheed Martin for his work with the Cal Poly Sustainable Power for Electrical Resources project and from Northrop Grumman for work on cold capable electronics. All of these projects have involved and supported student work in new areas in the field of engineering. Dolan has an extensive record of scholarly activities, having co-authored two journal papers and 30 conference papers during the last five years. Over the same period he served as principal investigator on 16 awarded grants with a total value of $665,000.


Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Teaching

This award recognizes an exemplary teacher, who serves as a content expert while encouraging deep learning. Prodanov’s recognition is tied to his classroom teaching initiatives, such as video recordings, redesign of connected lab experiences and the senior project lab. Prodanov worked in the electronics industry and as an entrepreneur for 12 years before joining Cal Poly and holds 20 U.S. patents. He understands what is required to succeed in a highly technical area and ensures that his students are well prepared for professional practice. A student notes that Prodanov’s “assignments and labs are thoughtful and embody Learn by Doing.” Says another: “He is the professor that has prepared me for the real world. From his classes, I have received the critical thinking, hands-on learning and decision-making skills that will enable me to thrive in the career of my choice.”