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Dr. Alfredo Tan Receives Distinguished Faculty Award
A “teaching machine without an off switch”
Teaneck, NJ, Sept. 29, 2003—Fairleigh Dickinson University has honored Dr. Alfredo C. Tan—director of FDU’s school of computer sciences and engineering and a professor of electrical engineering—with its Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.
“Your concern for your students is only matched by your command of complex subjects and skillful translations of intricate concepts to readily understandable components,” said Metropolitan Campus provost Joseph Kiernan in presenting the award. “Blending your personal warmth with doses of the latest instructional technology, you have taught brilliantly across a wide spectrum of electrical engineering courses, including 12 graduate courses and 18 undergraduate courses.”
The Fair Lawn resident has created numerous courses, including digital communications, advanced digital communications, applications of digital signal processing, adaptive signal processing, multi-rate systems and filter banks, and data communications and computer networks. He led development of the on-line MS in electrical engineering, FDU’s first degree program that can be completed entirely over the Internet. He receives excellent evaluations from peers and students and has published 18 papers in respected journals, including three full papers in the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Under his guidance, FDU obtained re-accreditation for all five of its undergraduate engineering and engineering technology programs.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked FDU’s undergraduate program among the top 50 such ABET-accredited programs offered by schools whose highest degree in engineering is either a bachelor’s or a master’s.
Kiernan said one student described Dr. Tan as a “teaching machine without an off switch”—a characterization Kiernan illustrated with the following story: “After receiving his bachelor’s from FDU, a former student of yours headed to another university for his master’s. He soon grew frustrated, though, and drove to Teaneck to see you.
"`Here I am,’ the student said, `asking for Dr. Tan’s help with a project for another university. He owed me nothing, yet spent the next hour teaching me the materials I needed to understand.’ Not only did this student eventually transfer to FDU, but he brought four others with him.”
Dr. Tan holds a Ph.D. and an M.E. in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as B.S. degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering from Adamson University in Manila, Philippines.