On May 31, 2017, Associate Professor Dr. Anasavarapu Srikantha Phani was announced as a recipient of the 2016-2017 UBC Killam Teaching Prize for the Faculty of Applied Science (Vancouver), which is the university’s highest award for teaching. Presented at the May 2017 convocation by Hugh Brock, Associate Provost, Brock had the following to say about Phani:
“Behind the calm and thoughtful lecture style of Dr. Srikantha Phani lies a passion and enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with students. An expert in vibrations and solid mechanics, he develops complex engineering concepts using a combination of traditional lecture methods, in-class and video demonstrations, and labs. He succeeds in making difficult materials understandable to students with a wide range of abilities. Both in and out of the classroom, Dr. Phani is known for his genuine interest in student success and his willingness to take the time to help students develop their critical thinking skills and their ability to apply new concepts to real world problems. He is a caring and supportive educator, well respected by students and colleagues alike.”
Specializing in Dynamics and Applied Mechanics, Phani teaches many high level MECH courses, from MECH 463 (Mechanical Vibrations) and MECH 507 (Analytical Dynamics). As of 2010, he also holds the position of Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Dynamics of Lattice Material and Devices.
The Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually, from the Killam Endowment Fund, to faculty nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. Along with Phani, Dr. Terje Haukaas, from the Department of Civil Engineering and the NAME program, will also receive an award for the Faculty of Applied Science.
Please join us in congratulating Phani on this outstanding achievement!