Dartmouth professor named teacher of the year
“We’re just pleased she’s getting the recognition.”
The world needs more engineers, May said, but more specifically more creative thinkers to solve problems from environmental issues to poverty, she said.
“We need creative problem solvers and designers.”
Whether she is working with students in Haiti to create affordable housing in a hurricane and earthquake prone part of the world, or building a playground locally, May likes to give her students room to innovate, she said.Ressler, an engineering major, worked under May at an engineering summer camp for high school students in which the students tackled projects from building electric guitars to designing skateboards.
Ressler also worked with other students in one of May’s classes to build a playground at Upper Valley Haven, a homeless shelter in White River Junction, Vt.
“Throughout that process, professor May was just a wonderful mentor to us. She knew the balance between trusting her students, but also arming them with the knowledge they needed,” she said.
“I like to give them as much freedom as possible without getting overly frustrated,” she said, and it very often pays off. “I’m constantly surprised. They come up with great things. I’ve just got to stay out of their way.”
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