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ME Professor Woods Receives University Teaching Award

May 2, 2007

Mechanical Engineering Professor Bob Woods has been elected to the University of Texas at Arlington’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The award was presented to him by President James Spaniolo and recognizes his outstanding teaching and commitment to students and the learning process.

Dr. Woods joined UT Arlington in 1974 after he received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and conducted fluidics research with the U.S. Army at the Harry Diamond Laboratory. He teaches several undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, including Dynamics Systems Modeling and Simulation, Automotive Engineering, Control Systems Components, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems, and others.

Dr. Woods is also the faculty advisor for UT Arlington’s Mini Baja and Formula SAE racing teams. These are classes of race cars designed, built, maintained and driven by college students in events governed by rules formulated by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Over the years, Dr. Woods has overseen the development of 53 racing teams.

His leadership of UT Arlington’s Formula SAE racing program has resulted in several championships over the years. His teams have won eight national competitions in the U.S., plus wins in England, Australia and Japan. In addition to developing student teams, he was instrumental in the growth of Formula SAE programs nationwide and has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2004, the Sports Car Club of America established the “Dr. Bob Woods Cup” in his honor: The Cup is presented to the best student driver in SCCA events.

During his teaching career, Dr. Woods has supervised 12 doctoral students and more than 100 master’s students. In 2006, Bob Woods was selected to receive the Chancellor’s Teaching Award. 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.

Craig Dutton, chair of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, saluted Woods’ achievement by stating “This prestigious award is a fitting reflection of Bob’s dedication to, and the effectiveness of, his teaching efforts. Not only is he an outstanding classroom instructor, but he also does an inspiring job with our capstone design class. His teaching efforts and advising accomplishments epitomize the educational excellence that we strive for in the department.”