Katie Wheaton wins Gutti Memorial Teaching Award

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Katie Wheaton, instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering, received the Srinivasa P. Gutti Memorial Teaching Award from Tau Beta Pi.

Wheaton was recognized for her commitment to undergraduate teaching at the annual Engineers Week Reception on Feb. 28.

She brings industry experience to her classes, which emphasize foundational skills for civil engineering, like surveying, statistical analysis and structural design.

“Her expertise in the industry really helps,” said graduate student Jack Worsham, adding that Wheaton brings real world examples of engineering issues to class, some of them pulled from the daily news.

Ian Steiner, a fourth year student majoring in civil engineering, said he would eagerly advise a friend to enroll in her classes.

“I would tell them that professor Wheaton is just incredibly invested in their success,” he said. “She views that as her job and she will make sure people have the tools they need to succeed.”

Patricia Cheng, who expects to graduate in May with a degree in civil engineering, describes Wheaton as one of the most influential people in her life.

“She’s taught me everything I know about steel and concrete design and that’s important,” she said. “But I think the most important thing she’s taught me is that there’s more than one way to be a good engineer and there’s more than one way to be a good person. That sounds so obvious, but I just didn’t realize it until professor Wheaton believed in me."

Learn more about Wheaton and the award.