Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez wins 2020 CEE Excellence in Teaching Award
Loretta A. Fernandez, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), was honored with the 2020 CEE Excellence in Teaching Award on April 15th, 2020 for her exceptional contributions to the department.
The award is conferred annually by the CEE Student Advisory Council based on nominations from staff, students or fellow faculty. The Student Advisory Council elects a candidate who exhibits passion and keen knowledge of their subject matter, promotes interest in their field, and enhances student learning and welfare.
Fernandez is an expert in the field of environmental organic chemistry and passive sampling for organic contaminants. Students highlighted her contribution and dedication to higher education in their nominations. A student wrote, “There is no arguing that her dedication and passion for her work is soaring and inspiring.” In the classroom, “She is very knowledgeable about her research and the content that she teaches, and her passion truly shows during class time.”
Fernandez is extensively involved in labs, student organizations, and other activities. She is the faculty adviser for Chi Epsilon, supporting the student leaders to organize tutoring and FE review sessions. Another student wrote, “You can tell how excited she is in the work she is doing by the way she energetically explains every nuance in her lab.”
It really does mean a lot to me,” said Fernandez when asked about the award, which is conferred annual at the conclusion of capstone presentations. “I’m sure all the faculty feel the same way I do on Capstone Presentation Day. We’re super proud of the work they have accomplished, excited to see them finish up their time with us, and a little sad to see them go. Receiving the teaching award makes me feel that the students noticed how much I enjoy sharing my little area of expertise with them, and how much I care about their professional and intellectual growth.”