Indian-American professor wins award for excellence in teaching

Washington, May 13: An Indian-American professor of chemistry from Tamil Nadu has won the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Sivanadane (Siva) Mandjiny was one of the 17 winners of the annual awards that serve to underscore the importance of teaching. It also carries a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. Announcing the award, UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle R. Carter praised Mandjiny's dedication to teaching and mentoring students. "In the nearly two decades Siva has taught at UNC Pembroke, he has developed a reputation for his enthusiasm in the classroom, dedication to mentoring, unfailing presence on campus, and commitment to student success," he said. "This award is a fitting acknowledgement of all that he brings to the student experience at UNC Pembroke." Mandjiny came to UNC Pembroke from France where he obtained his PhD and was doing post-doctoral research, according to a university announcement. A native of Tamil Nadu, India, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Madras and a master's degree in biochemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He earned a second master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France.

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