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Dr. Bob Woods to Receive Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award

April 6, 2006

Bob Woods, Ph.D., a professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected to receive the Chancellor’s Teaching Award for 2006. The award is presented annually by The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council to recognize excellence in teaching at each of the system’s nine universities.

Dr. Woods received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Following graduation, he conducted fluidics research with the U.S. Army before joining UT Arlington in 1974. Dr. Woods teaches several undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, including Dynamics Systems Modeling and Simulation, Automotive Engineering, Control Systems Components, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems, Capstone Design and others.

He is also the faculty advisor for UT Arlington’s Formula SAE racing team. Formula SAE is a class of race cars designed, built, maintained and driven by college students in events governed by rules formulated by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Dr. Woods was instrumental in the growth of Formula SAE programs and has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the establishment of the Dr. Bob Woods Cup in his honor and which is presented to the best student driver in Sports Car Club of America events.

His leadership of UT Arlington’s team has resulted in several championships over the years. His teams have won eight national Formula SAE competitions in the U.S., plus wins in Great Britain, Australia and Japan.

Dr. Craig Dutton, chair of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, saluted Woods’ achievement. “Bob's winning of this prestigious award is a fitting reflection of his dedication to and the effectiveness of his teaching efforts,” Dutton said. “Not only is he an outstanding classroom lecturer/instructor, but he also does an outstanding job with our capstone design class. And he is an unbelievably dedicated advisor to our Formula SAE team. His teaching efforts and accomplishments epitomize the educational excellence that we strive for in the department.”

A cash prize of $5,000 accompanies the Chancellor’s Teaching Award. Dr. Woods will formally receive the award at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates, Monday, April 17 in the Rosebud Theatre on the UT Arlington campus.