Biotechnologist Rupa Iyer, an Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Houston’s College of Technology, has been presented the Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award, the highest teaching award in the US that is also the only award given in this category by the varsity.
Iyer said her journey from being an international graduate teaching assistant to having the privilege and honour to lead the biotech programme at UH, has been humbling and rewarding, and her students continue to inspire her and motivate her to seek new ideas and strategies to develop and foster their academic success.
The award is given to a teacher who has 10 or more years of teaching experience and has made sustained, significant contributions to education. Iyer has been part of the college since 2005 as a credentialed associate professor and was named Associate Dean of Research and Graduate studies in 2014. Her area of research is environmental biotechnology with applications in biomediation.
She has received several recognition awards and grants for her contributions. She was also recommended for the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2015 after receiving endorsement form the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institution of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars.