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Trine professor earns engineering award
Trine professor receives engineering award
ANGOLA, Ind. — On Saturday, Trine University design engineering technology professor and chair Tom Trusty will receive the Outstanding Campus Representative Award for the Illinois-Indiana Section of the American Society for Engineering Educators at the organization’s annual conference at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Trusty came to Trine in 2007 and has been a campus liaison for the ASEE since 2009. The ASEE seeks to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service and practice. Locally, Trusty works to engage faculty in the program so they have access to multiple resources that will benefit their students.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Trusty earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology in 1991. He then received a Master of Arts in career and technical education from Ball State and a Master of Science in engineering technology from Trine University.
“Tom is a leader in and out of the classroom. He has a strong academic background and professional experience that sets him apart in his field,” said VK Sharma, Ph.D., dean of Trine’s Allen School of Engineering and Technology. “He is action-oriented and constantly seeking new ways to be involved and create new opportunities for our students.”
Trusty brought a wealth of professional experience to Trine, including working with architects who designed Conseco Field House in Indianapolis. He also served as the char in design technology and machine tool technology at Ivy Tech Community College from 1994-2007. He has received multiple professional and community awards, including the National Institute for Supervision and Organizational Development Excellence Award in 2007, the 1995 ITT National Instructor of the Year Award and the Montgomery County Community Foundation Volunteer of the Year Nominee Award in 2001 for work he did to design and bring a skateboard park to Crawfordsville, Ind.