William Oakes

William Oakes

Courtesy Faculty in Curriculum and Instruction
Director of EPICS
Mailing Addresses
Office: ARMS 1211
Phone: (765) 494-3892
Fax: (765) 494-0052

Advising Appointments and Schedule


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Research Interests

Service learning in engineering education
Impact of cognitive and non-cognitive variables on student persistence
Design in engineering education

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Dean A.A. Potter Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013, 2006, 2001
  • Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Scholarship of Engagement, Indiana Campus Compact, 2012
  • ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, 2012
  • Exemplary Program Award, (EPICS) Association for Public & Land Grant Universities, 2011
  • Judge's Choice Award, Partnering for Excellence, Carnegie Corporation, Opportunity Equation, and Ashoka Changemakers (EPICS High Program), 2011
  • Purdue Learning Community Advocate Award, 2011, 2004
  • Fellow, National Society of Professional Engineers, 2010
  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education, 2010
  • Outstanding Service Award, Professional Engineers in Higher Education, National Society of Professional Engineers, 2009
  • Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University, 2008
  • Best Teacher Award in First-Year Engineering, 2006, 2001, 1999
  • Engagement Award, Purdue University's College of Engineering, 2006
  • Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning, Campus Compact, 2006
  • Bernard M. Gordon Prize, National Academy of Engineering (co-recipient), 2005
  • Purdue College of Engineering Team Excellence Award, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, ASEE Annual Conference, Freshman Programs Division, 2004
  • IEEE/ASEE Helen L. Plants Award for Outstanding Interactive Session, Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004
  • Education Excellence Award, National Society of Professional Engineers, 2004
  • Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, Purdue University, 2004
  • Purdue Schools of Engineering Team Excellence Award, 2003, 2001
  • Fellow of the Purdue University Teaching Academy, 2003
  • Indiana Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteerism (EPICS), 2003
  • Eaton Award for Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Education, 2003
  • Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2002
  • Purdue University Focus Award, 2002
  • Outstanding Service Award for the ASEE IL/IN Section, 2002
  • National Science Foundation's Corporate and Foundation Alliance (EPICS as an Exemplary Program), 2002
  • Best Counselor Award in Freshman Engineering, 2001
  • Best Teacher Award in Freshman Engineering, 2001, 1999
  • Best Paper Award, Illinois-Indiana Section Conference of the ASEE, 2001
  • Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow Award, 1999
  • Teaching for Tomorrow Program, Purdue University, 1999
  • ASME National Teaching Fellowship, 1993-1996
  • GE Patent Award, 1991
  • GE Aircraft Engines Achievement Awards (4) 1988-1991
  • Michigan State University Dean's College of Engineering Service Award, 1985
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society for Engineering
  • Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society for Mechanical Engineering
  • Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society for Math Honorary


  • Stator Having Selectively Applied Thermal Conductivity Coating, July 1992, U.S. Patent No. 5,127,795