Huettel Wins Prestigious IEEE Early Career Teaching Award









Lisa Huettel


Lisa Huettel, assistant pofessor of the practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, received the 2006 Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society. The award was presented at the Frontiers in Education conference in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 29.

The award includes a $1,000 stipend, a commemorative plaque, and paid registration to the international conference, which is devoted to improvements in computer science, engineering, and technology education. The IEEE, one of the major sponsors of the conference, is the leading professional association in all fields of electrical and computer engineering.

“Lisa was singled out for this prestigious award as ‘exactly the type of young faculty member that the IEEE Education Society wanted to recognize when they created the Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award,’” said Professor Hisham Massoud, chair of the ECE department. “We are truly fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty.”

Huettel received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1994. She then earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. She has been assistant professor of the practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2002. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Laboratories for the ECE department.







ECE 27 students prepare to meet their robots.


Huettel taught the inaugural introductory course ECE 27: Fundamentals of ECE last spring. The pilot class is the first in an innovative new series of core courses for ECE majors that aims to provide students with early design experience and a greater appreciation from the outset for the scope of the discipline and its real-world applications.

Huettel’s success in integrating tablet computers into ECE 27 – made possible with support from Hewlett Packard (HP) – recently won her a second Technology for Teaching Leadership grant from HP. The award will provide additional tablet computers and supporting equipment for use in classrooms across the school. She has also received, in support of her educational research activities, grants from the National Science Foundation, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, and the Lord Foundation.

Huettel has received other honors for her teaching accomplishments, including the Pratt School’s Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004 and nominations for the Duke University Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2003 and 2004.