Dr. Judy Cezeaux, dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award.
Cezeaux was presented with the honor during the ASEE Virtual Conference, which was conducted June 22-26.
According to information from the ASEE, the award recognizes the contribution of Theo C. Pilkington as a pioneer in biomedical engineering who contributed to the advancement of biomedical engineering education. The award is conferred for significant contributions to biomedical engineering education as evidenced by the development of successful undergraduate or graduate level programs, curricula, publications as well as by membership and activities in ASEE, its biomedical engineering division and other biomedical engineering organizations.
Cezeaux holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began her career as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kentucky.
She was associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and engineering science at the University of Tennessee from 1991-2000.
Cezeaux arrived at Western New England University in 2000 and assumed the duties of associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering. She was promoted to chair of biomedical engineering in 2008 and remained in that position until moving to ATU in June 2018.
As dean of the ATU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cezeaux provides leadership for the university’s programs in agriculture, computer and information science, electrical engineering, emergency management, mechanical engineering and parks, recreation and hospitality administration. She also holds the faculty rank of professor of engineering.