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ITI Research Engineer and Clinical Associate Professor David Corr Honored with Teaching Excellence Award

Professor David Corr, who divides his time between the ITI Research Engineering Group and his teaching appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, recently received a special "Recognition for Teaching Excellence Award," presented to him by Julio Ottino, dean of Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Corr was originally nominated by colleagues and students for the 2010-2011 McCormick Teacher of the Year award. Upon learning that Corr’s clinical appointment made him ineligible for that award, Dean Ottino’s office decided to create a special teaching award that would reflect the overwhelming appreciation of his students and colleagues.

In presenting the award to Professor Corr, Dean Ottino read the inscription, "Recognition for Teaching Excellence 2010-2011 presented by colleagues and students to David J. Corr for widespread appreciation of teaching effectiveness in threshold courses, summed up by many students in one word, AWESOME."

Corr joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2008 after years of professional practice. He has taught structural engineering courses such as theory of structures, structural dynamics, and steel and concrete design.  Corr is known for bringing his professional experience forensic engineering  as well as his research with the Infrastructure Technology Institute to the classroom.  He regularly uses case studies from his personal experience to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom, such as bolted connections and lateral torsional buckling failure.  These links to engineering practice help topics come to life, and have fostered much excitement among his students.