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March 29, 2018

Heckman Named 2018 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

Every year, the NC State Alumni Association honors faculty who excel in the classroom, laboratory and in the field.  Dr. Warwick Arden, NC State Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, recently announced that Dr. Sarah Heckman, Teaching Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs in the NC State Computer Science Department, has been selected as a recipient of an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award for 2017-18. 


Heckman, a three-time graduate of the NC State Computer Science Department (BS in 2004, Masters in 2005, and PhD in 2009), is the Department’s first Teaching Associate Professor.  She received the NC State University Outstanding Teacher Award and the Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 2015.  She is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State, and in 2017 was presented with an NC State Computer Science Outstanding Young Alumni Award.


Heckman’s research interests are in computer science education and software engineering – specifically skill transfer and automated feedback.


The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award, coordinated by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Office of Faculty Development, is one of the most prestigious awards given on campus.  Winners will be recognized at the Alumni Faculty Awards Reception in April, a ceremony designed to celebrate faculty dedication to NC State’s core values – teaching, research, and extension.



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