Honors Faculty

Faculty Teaching Honors Courses

Faculty who participate in Honors courses are widely recognized in their fields. Some are fellows of prestigious professional organizations, members of highly selective national science and engineering academies, and still others recipients of national awards for outstanding achievement. They conduct meaningful research that is supported by major corporations and national agencies, publish their work in leading national and international journals, present their work at conferences and symposia around the world and most importantly, share their discoveries in the classroom. Faculty also bring solid industrial work experience to the classroom.


Honors Faculty

Louis I. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Dean, Albert Dorman Honors College

Faculty Fellows

Michel Boufadel, Ph.D.

Professor, John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Vivek A. Kumar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Vatsal Shah, Ph.D., P.E.

Adjunct Professor, John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 


Objectives of Honors Courses

According to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), most Honors Courses will have the following five objectives (or some variation of them):

  1. To help students develop effective written communication skills
  2. To help students develop effective oral communication skills
  3. To help students develop their ability to analyze and synthesize a broad range of material
  4. To help students understand how scholars think about problems, formulate hypotheses, research those problems, and draw conclusions about them, or understand how creative artists approach the creative process and produce original work
  5. To help students become more independent and critical thinkers, demonstrating the ability to use knowledge and logic when discussing an issue or an idea, while considering the consequences of their ideas for themselves, for others, and for society