May 30, 2012
Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Susan Muller has been awarded the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
The prize, which includes a sterling silver medal and an award of $7,500, is given annually at commencement to a faculty member in the physical sciences who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and curriculum development. Nominations are reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty in the physical sciences.
Muller was cited for her wonderful and innovative teaching of complex undergraduate material such as fluid mechanics, and for her dedicated mentoring of undergraduates. In addition to her undergraduate teaching and administrative tasks, Muller leads a research group that focuses on viscoelastic flows, rheology, polymer dynamics, and microfluidics.
The prize honors the memory of Donald S. Noyce, a professor of chemistry and longtime associate dean of undergraduate affairs in the College of Chemistry. Noyce, an organic chemist who loved to discern the mechanisms of chemical reactions, was a highly regarded teacher principally responsible for the course, Organic Chemistry for Biological Students, for many years. His love of teaching was recognized by his brother, Intel co-founder Robert N. Noyce, who established the award.
Recent Noyce Prize winners in the College of Chemistry include Carolyn Bertozzi (Chemistry, 2001), Enrique Iglesia (CBE, 2005) and Matthew Francis (Chemistry, 2006).