Graduate Teacher Awards 2019-2020

Join us in congratulating Tolu Odimayomi!

“I am truly honored to receive the Magoon Graduate Teacher Award and the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award because they stand as such a strong reminder to me that I have been able to be part of an amazing Purdue team that is known to provide outstanding education to students. I feel like I have been rewarded for doing something that I deeply enjoy! During my time in the EEE graduate program, I have developed an interest in pursuing a faculty career in academia. My experience in teaching strengthened my desire to follow that path. It means so much to me that I have been recognized for the time that I have put into helping students. These awards encourage me to continue improving the way that I teach.”

The Magoon Graduate Teacher Award recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in memory of Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon, who influenced the lives of many engineering educators early in their careers through this award. The selection is made by both faculty and students to recognize those students who were exemplary in their work as teaching assistants.

Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award honors graduate students with teaching responsibilities for their dedication to Purdue undergraduate students and their exceptional teaching contributions.

Tolu Odimayomi is a graduate student in the Purdue University Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests are water quality in building plumbing, municipal water infrastructure, and disaster recovery. She has experience in educating the public on water quality and plumbing contamination through interactive demonstrations. In 2019, she presented results of a yearlong building water VOC study at the annual American Water Works Association conference in Denver, CO.

Photo: Tolu Odimayomi (left) Purdue University EEE graduate student and Caitlin Proctor (right), Postdoctoral Researcher and Gilbreth Fellow, test water quality.