Druzdzel Wins Chancellor's Teaching Award


Marek DruzdzelMarek Druzdzel, Associate Professor at SIS, is the recipient of the 2007 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  Each year, Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenburg presents these awards to faculty whose “individual efforts stand as an inspiring example of excellence in the role of University teacher.”  This award honors Dr. Druzdzel for his commitment to creating a challenging learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students.  In particular, his integration of research and teaching – by allowing students at all levels to participate in his Decision Systems Laboratory -- was lauded by the Chancellor.  The award letter from Chancellor Nordenburg also noted that Druzdzel’s creative assignments in his courses have resulted in publications and outside funding for his student’s projects.  Dr. Druzdzel was recognized for “being a role model for students” and for enriching the educational experience by engaging students both inside and outside the classroom.

Druzdzel will be officially recognized at the 2007 Honors Convocation and at a University reception in the Spring.  This award carries a cash award and a grant to further support the winner’s teaching.  Dr. Druzdzel’s name will join those of past recipients on a plaque prominently featured in the William Pitt Union.  The administration, faculty, staff and students at SIS congratulate Dr. Druzdzel on his accomplishments and this prestigious award.

Druzdzel joined the SIS faculty in 1993, after receiving his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.  During his tenure, he has taught courses including Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems (INFSCI 2130), Data Structures and Programming Techniques (INFSCI 0015), Database Management Systems (INFSCI 1022) and Information Communication and Coding Theory (INFSCI 2012), among many others.  His research group, the Decision Systems Laboratory, is dedicated to maintaining a research and teaching environment for faculty and students interested in the development of techniques and systems that support decision making under uncertainty.  He is also on the faculty of the Intelligent Systems Program here at the University, a graduate program for advanced education and research in artificial intelligence and some related areas of cognitive science.  Druzdzel’s research interests include decision making under uncertainty, decision-theoretic methods in intelligent systems, and user interfaces to decision support systems.