Thursday, November 21, 2013

Materials Joining Professor Wins Award for Teaching

It was a joy to be in Chicago this week at North America's largest gathering of the welding industry known as the Fabtech conference. 

Our materials joining engineering students were there to present research and man a LeTourneau University booth. Dean DeLap and Dr. Adonyi presented updates to 80 LETU alumni who gathered at dinner in the McCormick Center. 

One of the surprises of the day was an honor to one of our own faculty members - Robert W. Warke, associate professor of engineering and engineering technology. Warke was awarded the 2013 Adams Memorial Membership Award.

Sponsored by the American Welding Society, the Adams Memorial Membership Award recognizes educators for outstanding teaching activities in their undergraduate and postgraduate engineering institutions. 

Warke has conducted research and taught materials engineering, welding metallurgy and design of structural welding at LETU since 2003. Previously, he worked 17 years in the welding industry, consulting and performing applied research and development. A licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, Warke earned his bachelor's degree in welding engineering in 1986 from LETU and his master's in metallurgical and materials engineering from Illinois State of Technology in 1994. 

According to the AWS website, the AWS Awards are designed to recognize men and women in the industrial, education and research communities who have made distinctive contributions to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied processes, including joining, brazing and soldering, cutting and thermal spraying.