Dr. Paul A. Kuban, associate professor of engineering, is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award at the University of Southern Indiana. The award will be presented during the 3 p.m. USI Commencement ceremony for the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education on Saturday, April 28. The award was announced during the Honors Convocation for the college on Monday.
Kuban’s classroom leadership follows USI’s student-centered approach to learning. A fellow faculty member said Kuban is able to relate the concepts from his inventions and other experiences to engineering students in upper-division engineering courses.
Kuban received a patent during the last academic year for an innovation to improve technology for access between wired and wireless networks. The interface makes the fixed networks found in automotive networks, medical instrumentation consoles, and factory automation systems accessible to the latest standard in wireless networks.
In addition to teaching, Kuban advises students and supervises student design projects. He is the faculty sponsor for the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He also is the USI Eagles wrestling team coach.
He joined USI in 1996. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a doctorate in computer science and engineering from the University of Louisville. He and his wife Kim have two children. Son Sam is a USI student and daughter Anna attends Reitz High School.
The Distinguished Professor receives a monetary grant and will select a student to receive a scholarship in his name next year. Kuban will deliver the address at the fall Commencement in December.
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