ING Recognizes KU Professor at KU-Colorado Football game

Nov. 8, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Financial services leader ING honored Arvin Agah, a KU professor of electrical engineering and computer science, for his outstanding classroom with the ING Professor of Excellence Award. The honor was presented during KU’s football game against Colorado in Memorial Stadium last Saturday.

Agah is KU’s eighth recipient of the award, presented each year since 2003. He teaches courses in robotics, artificial intelligence, software engineering and computer systems design.

“We are pleased to present this award to Professor Agah,” said Bernie Heffernon, regional vice president, ING. “ING is committed to education and honoring educators like Professor Agah who are dedicated to preparing students to compete in the global society.”

The recognition includes a $1,000 award.

“This was completely unexpected, and I am very honored to have been selected,” Agah said. “I am surrounded by faculty colleagues at KU who are excellent teachers, and I hope to continue to learn from them.”

A KU faculty member since 1997, Agah is also director of the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory. Before coming to KU, he earned a doctorate and master’s in computer science, both from the University of Southern California; a master’s in computer science from Purdue University; and a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Texas.

The ING award is the most recent of several honors Agah has received in his academic career. He received the Miller Scholar Award from the School of Engineering in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and a Celebration of Teaching Award from the KU Center for Teaching Excellence in 2004. He was chosen for the Engineering Expo Educator Award from the Engineering Student Council in 2001 and the Henry E. Gould Teaching Award for Outstanding Instruction from KU’s School of Engineering in 2000.