Teaching Honor Roll

Recipients

The Teaching Honor Roll was created to incentivize consistently outstanding teaching and to show faculty members that students appreciate their hard work. Faculty can be nominated for the Stanford Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll by any Stanford student, and recipients are selected annually by the Stanford Tau Beta Pi membership.

Ross Venook
Bioengineering
“Ross is everything you could ask for in an engineering mentor; he is extremely knowledgeable about all things in his field, and he refuses to let a question go unanswered.”
Julie Zelenski
Computer Science
“Julie listened to all of the feedback that she got from students, even going so far as to immediately begin working on fixes for issues that were just minor inconveniences.”
Kyle Douglas
Civil and Environmental Engineering
“Widely lauded by students as an incredible professor, Kyle truly cares about students’ learning and overall well-being.”
Roseanna Zia
Chemical Engineering
“Roseanna is the most organized professor I have had; her lectures were clear, thorough, rigorous, accurate, and so easy to follow.”
Steve Collins
Mechanical Engineering
“Steve did a fantastic job of motivating all of the concepts brought up in lecture, and the projects were well designed to directly apply these ideas through hands-on experience.”
Mary Wootters
Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
“Not only is Mary quick to adapt course content, speed, and style to what students need throughout the quarter, but she puts incredible effort into making the content approachable.”
Russ Altman
Bioengineering
“Russ Altman brings enthusiasm, humor, and passion for the subject to every lecture, office hour, and meeting.”
Nicholas Ouellette
Civil and Environmental Engineering
““Not only are Nick’s responses to questions energetic, clear, and helpful, but they are also kind, which allows students to feel comfortable being totally honest about their points of confusion.”
Melissa Valentine
Management Science and Engineering
“Melissa inspires curiosity, not just in the subject matter, but in the interests of her students.”
Jian Qin
Chemical Engineering
“Jian ensured every student was welcome in his classroom, always enthusiastically checking in with us about our days and remembering everything we told him.”
Paul Vorster
Bioengineering
“Paul actively takes on the challenge of not just teaching us content, but engaging us with content.”
Parth Sarin
Computer Science
“Parth is proactively helpful and goes out of his way to ensure students are getting the help they need for the course material.”
Ali Mani
Mechanical Engineering
“He really cares about all students in his classes and makes significant efforts to get to know them individually, to understand their needs and looks to find ways on how to support their unique interests.”
Chris Edwards
Mechanical Engineering
“Chris was able to teach everything flawlessly and could explain complex topics in a way that just made perfect sense.”
Chris Gregg
Computer Science
“Prof. Gregg did everything in his power to not only help us learn, but to also make the labs fun, interesting, and applicable; he pushed us, and encouraged us to take risks in order to advance our learning to the fullest potential.”
David Beach
Mechanical Engineering
“He has a unique way of engaging the whole class; I have never met anyone with as much passion for teaching and learning.”
David Obershaw
Electrical Engineering
“David made sure to cover product development from all angles, so that not only did each person understand insights in the context of their background, but all people acquired a holistic understanding of those principles.”
Jeff Koseff
Civil and Environmental Engineering
“Prof. Koseff cares deeply about every single student in his class, as exemplified by his memorization of every single student’s name.”
John Eaton
Mechanical Engineering
“John is a great professor and really expresses his desire to make sure everyone in the class understands the material; he goes above and beyond inside and outside the classroom to help you learn the best.”
Mary Wootters
Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
“Prof. Wootters was an exceptional instructor: she channeled her passion for algorithmic design into the course, teaching lectures like stories and conveying the beauty of the subject.”
Paul Mitiguy
Mechanical Engineering
“Paul is an exemplary instructor who makes time for his passion: teaching students – it is abundantly clear to me that he cares about student health and effective learning.”
Ross Venook
Bioengineering
“His positivity and energy are boundless, and through this attitude he lifts team spirits and creates an atmosphere where failure and troubleshooting is not only okay but celebrated.”
Thomas Kenny
Mechanical Engineering
“Tom pours himself into the class; he held the late night office hours, and would frequently stay even later if students were still working as he is extremely devoted to his students’ learning.”
Tina Seelig
Management Science and Engineering
“Tina’s courses focus on innovation and have been some of the most eye opening experiments I have had; Tina is an amazing role model, innovator, and advocate.”
Jerry Cain
Computer Science
“Jerry is an extremely accessible teacher who is always responsive and willing to engage with you. He goes the extra mile to tailor his classes in order to best suit the students.”
Alexander R. Dunn
Chemical Engineering
“Professor Dunn lectures in a way to make the material not only digestible but also engaging; he encourages critical thinking and understanding beyond rote memorization.”
John K. Eaton
Mechanical Engineering
“Professor Eaton is an incredible mentor and a phenomenal instructor. His vision for a better undergraduate major extends far beyond the classroom.”
Chris Edwards
Mechanical Engineering
“An incredibly welcoming, energetic, engaging, thoughtful, and passionate instructor. Chris truly cares about his students and is willing to go out of his way to make sure they succeed.”
Margot Gerritsen
Energy Resource Engineering
“Margot constantly strives to improve herself and her students at all levels while also recognizing current strengths and accomplishments. She is a phenomenal teacher, researcher, and lifelong learner.”
Christopher Gregg
Computer Science
“Chris truly wanted us to succeed: He gave us no shortage of resources, encouraged us to think beyond the scope of the class, and made a point to learn not just everyone’s name, but who everyone was.”
Joseph M. Kahn
Electrical Engineering
“I have never had a professor invest so much time in me outside of class, and I admire Professor Kahn for how much he cares about education.”
Jan Liphardt
Bioengineering
“Jan is an inspiring lecturer who encourages students to go after grand challenges. He goes out of his way to make himself available for advice, be it academic or professional.”
Paul Mitiguy
Mechanical Engineering
“Paul takes a personal stake in all his students, knows them all by name, and is always looking for ways to keep the class entertained and moving forward.”
Dwight G. Nishimura
Electrical Engineering
“He is an amazing teacher who genuinely cares about his students. Not only were his lectures structured well and taught well, but he also knows when to inject humor to keep the class on its toes.”
Allison M. Okamura
Mechanical Engineering
“Professor Okamura has opened doors that I never believed would be available to me. Her mentorship has been the most valuable experience I have had at Stanford.”
Chris Piech
Computer Science
“In a huge feat for an introductory class with hundreds of students, Chris empowered us to see how, as engineers, we could have a positive impact on communities around the world.”
John Barton
Civil and Environmental Engineering
”John is a fantastic teacher first and foremost because he cares about student learning […] He is never one to hinder creativity or shy away from a new idea. He provides support and resources, not restrictions.”
Stephen Boyd
Electrical Engineering
“Prof. Boyd’s humor, honesty, approachability, and understanding have shaped, in my mind, the epitome of what a great class and a great professor should be.”
Jennifer Dionne
Materials Science and Engineering
“Beyond her clear pedagogical style and genuine concern for her students, Professor Dionne is inspiring […]I run a tutoring service for underprivileged students, and since taking her classes, I have adopted many of her teaching techniques into my practice.”
Mykel Kochenderfer
Aeronautics and Astronautics
“He designed this class to test comprehension with projects and assessments that built me up and redoubled my interest in the subject. […] Mykel is a real role model to me, and I hope that I can channel even some fraction of his kind energy, passion, and warmth into my own teaching endeavors.”
Percy Liang
Computer Science
“Professor Liang’s CS 221, an introduction to artificial intelligence, was perhaps my favorite technical course at Stanford. While he grounded the algorithms with mathematical rigor, he emphasized the intuitions motivating these techniques to make them more accessible.”
Reza Mahalati
Electrical Engineering
“EE 263 is one of the best taught, best organized, and most useful classes at Stanford. It was obvious from day 1 that Reza really cared about optimizing his teaching for the students.”
Paul Mitiguy
Mechanical Engineering
“His courses are filled with smiles and laughs – from us students, him, and his phenomenal TA team. Paul cares deeply about our success and happiness beyond his courses, will share relevant life advice and stories mid-lecture, and is always open to talk about anything.”
Parviz Moin
Mechanical Engineering
“Prof. Moin presents the messiness of numerical methods with the clarity of pure math, while demonstrating applications in his own field.”
Rahul Prabala
Electrical Engineering
“Rahul is currently teaching EE108 and has been the head TA for EE108 for the last two years. He is by far the main reason why the class functions so well and the students know they can always ask for help and get a rapid response. […] All in all he has been a perfect TA and is doing a great job as an instructor now.”
Manu Prakash
Bioengineering
“His success could be attributed to his inclination to go off the beaten path, and his innovative teaching techniques in BIOE 41 are no exception […] Every conversation with him inside and outside the class piques your interest as he inspires students every day to tackle new problems.”
Tim Roughgarden
Computer Science
“Prof. Roughgarden was not only an excellent instructor in clearly presenting beautiful results at the forefront of algorithms research, but also a wonderful mentor in guiding students through the process of reading papers and delivering a technical talk.”
Keith Schwarz
Computer Science
“Not very many times do I enjoy staying for an 80 minute lecture but Keith’s delivery of the material made it a delight to come to class. On top of that, his passion for teaching was evident in every lecture and every session.”