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Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9898

April 22, 2004
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Steinberg
Executive Director, PTE
Phone: 301-294-7070

Part-Time Engineering Programs
Honor Two Instructors

Zohreh Movahed and John Romano Receive
Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering has presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Zohreh Movahed and John Romano, two instructors in the school's Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science. Each year the engineering school, with input from its academic chairs, acknowledges the outstanding teaching skills of two adjunct instructors with these awards.

Movahed, who is safety manager for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, has been associated with Johns Hopkins for seven years. He currently teaches an on-line virtual course called Principles of Water and Waste Water Treatment.

Romano, who earned a graduate degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins, teaches in the Information Systems and Technology Program. Romano also serves as head of information technology for the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Study of Language.

Allan Bjerkaas, associate dean for the Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science, said that presenting these annual honors was one of the most rewarding facets of his job because these faculty accomplishments call attention to PTE's goal of instructor excellence in the classroom. "These awards reflect our students' learning experiences in our real and virtual classrooms, and there is no better measure of instructional excellence than an endorsement from our students," Bjerkaas said.

Part of The Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, the Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science offer masters degrees in 13 distinct disciplines, as well as undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering science. There are currently more than 2,200 students enrolled in PTE programs at seven education centers throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. For more information on PTE programs and functions, contact Executive Director Sarah Steinberg at (301) 294-7070, visit the Web site at www.jhu.edu/pte, or e-mail pte@jhu.edu.

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