SIPI’s Vadiee Honored NM Professor of the YearMay 15th, 2010 | By tcj | Category: 21-4: Native American Studies, Summer 2010, Tribal College News
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk has announced that Dr. Nader Vadiee was named New Mexico Professor of the Year for 2009. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) selected Vadiee, an instructor at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM), from more than 300 top professors in the United States.
“I want to congratulate Dr. Vadiee on his tremendous achievement,” Echo Hawk said. “I am pleased to see that a professor at one of our colleges has achieved such a prestigious honor. It provides a tangible demonstration of the positive role models our youth and students throughout Indian Country need.”
Acting SIPI President Dr. Sherry R. Allison said, “Dr. Vadiee is an effective and skilled educator who really cares for our students and works from the heart. Not only does he bring honor to himself and his profession, but to the entire SIPI community.”
Vadiee has established state-of-the-art learning facilities and curricula at SIPI to educate future engineers who can then compete in the 21st century global workforce. He has begun working with high school students through an engineering career pathway at Bernalillo High School where 50% of the student body is American Indian and Alaska Native. Vadiee creates project-based learning opportunities in which the high school students work with SIPI students and graduate engineering students from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
These student teams interact with industry representatives as they implement their projects, such as designing wind turbines, electric bicycle charging stations, or robotic kits for statewide competitions. Students leave SIPI armed with the academic and practical skills to transfer to four-year institutions to complete their bachelor’s degrees. CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981.