Dr. Rapinder “Rupy” Sawhney was presented with the Educate Honoree President’s Award by UT Interim President Randy Boyd during an award ceremony Thursday in Nashville.
“Our University would not be where it is today if it weren’t for our employees’ dedication, and I am continually energized by their extraordinary, life-changing work. These awards highlight the way they greatly impact those within our University and state, and even reaching those at the farthest corners of the world,” Boyd said.
The President’s Awards are the highest honor a UT employee can receive from the University and are intended to spotlight success and inspire excellence. Honorees are selected each year from a system-wide pool of candidates nominated by campus and institute leaders.
Rapinder “Rupy” Sawhney, UT Knoxville professor in industrial and systems engineering, has significantly impacted the educational experiences of students at all levels.
Sawhney developed academic programs for high school, undergraduate and graduate students and adults and industry professionals. He has encouraged countless young people to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math, especially engineering, while also offering expert advice to organizations on how to improve organizational efficiency and cut costs. As an educator, he wants to inspire others to discover their purpose and potential. He wants his students to learn to address the complexities of an issue, carefully form opinions and develop and analyze solutions to problems.
Along with teaching and mentoring, Sawhney is the executive director for the Center for Advanced System Research and Education and a Heath Faculty Fellow in business and engineering.
Congratulations Dr. Sawhney! Go ISE, Go Vols!