Hussain Al-Asaad Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

DAVIS, Calif.; May 9, 2017–UC Davis College of Engineering Associate Professor Hussain Al-Asaad is the recipient of a UC Davis 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award for his outstanding undergraduate teaching in electrical and computer engineering.

In nominating Al-Asaad for the award, students cited his mastery of electrical and computer engineering and expressed heartfelt affection for his teaching style. Undergraduate students also noted his abundant use of examples, often drawn from contemporary culture, to make abstract concepts essential to required courses more accessible for his students.

Students praised Al-Asaad’s “friendly and kind nature,” his dedication to “inspiring students to find their passion,” and his commitment to carefully addressing questions. One colleague said he delivers “superb” lectures.

Before joining the faculty at UC Davis in 1998, Al-Asaad received his bachelor’s in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He earned his master’s in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a member of Sigma Xi, one of the oldest and largest scientific research honor society organizations in the world.

The UC Davis Academic Senate announced Al-Asaad as one of three recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Undergraduate category. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center.

The complete list of 2017 Academic Senate and Academic Federation Award winners is available online.

-By Bonnie Dickson