William Oakes

150th Anniversary Professor
Director, EPICS Program
Professor, Engineering Education
Mailing Addresses
Office: ARMS 1211
Phone: (765) 494-3892
Fax: (765) 494-0052


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