PISCATAWAY, NJ — Dr. Ronald Joe Stanley has been named the recipient of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu 2016 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Stanley obtained his Ph.D. in computer engineering and computer science in 1998 and currently serves as associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla).
He has been recognized for outstanding teaching multiple times “by virtue of his contributions to engineering education and his dedication to pre-college outreach.”
Dr. Stanley regularly achieves student ratings of teaching effectiveness far greater than the campus average, which speaks highly of his instructional capabilities.
He is a dedicated adviser and tutor who selflessly gives of his time and energy.  In addition to his frequent formal teaching awards, he is consistently ranked in the exit survey of EE and CPE graduating seniors as a “best” teacher.
Students across the state have benefitted from his remarkable teaching ability, as well as from his excellent representation of the engineering profession.
Arguably, Dr. Stanley’s most significant contribution is his work with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs for K-12 students and associated professional development for teachers.
Since 2006, Dr. Stanley has co-taught the annual training program for the PLTW Digital Electronics course.
His efforts have assisted PLTW instructors in introducing electronics to thousands of pre-college students, influencing future generations of STEM learners at a level far exceeding that of an individual classroom teacher.
Dr. Stanley has an impressive collection of honors and awards, including the IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award (2015), which recognizes members in the regions for their outstanding leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of IEEE in the United States within their regional entities.
He has also received the Outstanding Teaching Award, S&T/UMR (2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), the Outstanding Professor Award, Eta Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega, S&T (2012) and the Dean of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, UMR (2004 and 2005), among others.
He is scheduled to receive his award at the annual IEEE Educational Activities Board Award Ceremony, held in November 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award is intended to recognize the central and crucial role of college professors in training and motivating future electrical and computer engineers.
The program attempts to identify and give national recognition to electrical engineering professors who have demonstrated, early in their careers, special dedication and creativity in their teaching responsibilities.