Morgan State University engineering professor Yacob Astatke is the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education ‘Outstanding Educator Award,’ an honor given annually to the nation’s top engineering professor at a two or four-year institution of higher education. Dr. Astatke, a Morgan graduate, is the first African-American and first faculty member from a historically black college or university to win the award in its nine-year history.
“This is really a great recognition for me, but especially as an alumnus,” said Astatke. “I’m happy that I won this award as a faculty member, but as a graduate, this is coming full circle. When I graduated in 1991, I promised myself that I would come back to give to the school which gave me so much.”