Prodanovic Wins SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award

September 09, 2014

Assistant Professor Masa Prodanovic adds to her already impressive resume an award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Prodanovic is receiving the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award for petroleum engineering faculty at the 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Amsterdam.

The award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated excellence in innovative teaching techniques.

Prodanovic’s interactive approach to teaching her students programming, geomechanics, and image analysis easily fulfills the award’s requirements of encouraging and equipping others in academia to use similar techniques.

“Dr. Prodanovic focuses on student engagement, providing hands-on demonstrations in her classes,” said UT PGE Chair Tad Patzek. “She displays care and compassion for her students, soliciting feedback for how to make her teaching more effective.”

Her merit in teaching continues outside of the classroom with her involvement in numerous outreach projects including: “Girl Talk,” the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Women in Engineering Program, and UT Austin's student organization Society of Women Engineers. Prodanovic’s knowledge and enthusiasm engages students of all ages in concepts related to petroleum engineering.

As one of only five recipients in the world to receive the $10,000 award this year, upon acceptance, Prodanovic will be required to share her best practices at various SPE events.