Thomas G. Stoebe:
College of Engineering Diamond Award for
Distinguished Service

Prof. Emeritus Thomas G. Stoebe has been selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the College of Engineering. The selection of the Distinguished Service Award winner is based upon demonstrated service to students and faculty at the UW College of Engineering and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level.

Can the United States continue to lead the world in innovation? If Thomas Stoebe has a say, the answer is a resounding "yes!" Engineering is a key component of the innovation engine and participation by young people, particularly girls and under-represented minorities, helps drive the field. Stoebe has been a tireless education advocate working to attract more students to the engineering profession, the University of Washington (UW), and to materials science.

Stoebe built a distinguished academic career at the University of Washington as a materials science and engineering professor and played a key role in the development of the department. For many students though, it is not his work on lattice defect properties of semi-conducting and insulating materials, but his educational programs they will remember. In the early 1980s, he founded Washington Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program (MESA), a state-wide program for K-12 minority and disadvantaged students. This program is thriving today with over 90% of MESA students graduating from high school and 60% going to college.

Stoebe also developed an educational program for secondary teachers highlighting hands-on science for direct use in their classes. Based on materials science, this program is now national with 30 one-week programs being held at 30 locations across the U.S.

Other educational outreach programs initiated by Stoebe include the founding of the UW's Minority Science and Engineering program and the development of materials technology curricula for community colleges. Stoebe is an active member of several professional organizations and a Fellow of ASM International promoting materials science and engineering to national and international audiences.

The award will be presented at the annual Diamond Awards Dinner, May 13, 2011.

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