An Indian-American biotechnologist Rupa Iyer, an Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Houston’s (UH) College of Technology, has been awarded with the Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award, the highest teaching award in the US and also the only award given in this category by the varsity.
She was bestowed with this award for her sustained and significant contributions in the field of education.
"My journey from being an international graduate teaching assistant to having the privilege and honour to lead the biotech programme at UH has been extremely humbling and rewarding," Iyer said. Also adding that her journey has been humbling and rewarding, and her students continue to inspire and motivate her to seek new ideas and strategies in developing and fostering their academic success. As the founding director of the biotechnology programme in the College of Technology since its inception, Iyer is well regarded for her strong commitment towards impacting students who benefit from her efforts to incorporate hands-on experience with problem-based learning and lectures.
Iyer has been part of the college since 2005 as a credentialed associate professor was named Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in 2014. Her area of research is environmental biotechnology with applications in bio-mediation. She has received many recognition, awards and grants for her outstanding contributions. She was also recommended for the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2015 after receiving endorsement from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institution of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
The award is bestowed to a person who has 10 or more years of teaching experience and has made sustained and significant contributions to education.