Archives—May 2011

Dr. Sheryl Sorby Hornored with Orthogonal Medal

Dr. Sheryl A. Sorby, the Director of the Engineering Education and Innovation Research Group and a professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University, was honored on Saturday, April 16, 2011 when she was presented the Orthogonal Medal, an award given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of graphical science and technical graphics education. Given by the Technology, Engineering and Design Education Program in the College of Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, this is the 27th year that this medal has been given to individuals of Dr. Sorby’s caliber. Dr. Sorby is well known in the field of engineering graphics as an individual who has researched students’ visual abilities and also has contributed further in the field by designing, with her colleague Dr. Beverly Baartmans, a course to improve the visualization skills of engineering freshmen entering Michigan Technological University with weak skills in this area. The course they created has been demonstrated to improve, not only the visualization skills of their students, but also to improve students’ grades in Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, and Computer Science as well as improving the retention rate of students in Engineering at that university. The course has been so successful that it is being adopted by a number of other universities. Dr. Sorby also was the Distinguished Lecturer at a banquet in her honor held at the McKimmon Center on the NC State University campus.