Indo-American felicitated for excellence in teaching

Published on May 13, 2015 19:23:23 PM
An Indian origin professor in USA has been awarded the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr Sivanadane (Siva) Mandjiny professes chemistry and belongs to Tamil Nadu.  He is one among 17 other winners of annual awards that serve the purpose to highlight the significance of teaching.

Additionally, he was presented with a bronze medal and cash prize worth $12,500.

Announcing the award, UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle R Carter praised Mandjiny's dedication to teaching and mentoring students. "In the nearly two decades Siva has taught at UNC Pembroke, he has developed a reputation for his enthusiasm in the classroom, dedication to mentoring, unfailing presence on campus, and commitment to student success," he said.

Mandjiny obtained his PhD from France and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Madras and a master's degree in biochemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

He earned a second master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France.

Mandjiny joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 1996 as a teaching associate and earned tenure in 2006. He became department chair in 2011 and till date continues in the same role.

Recipient of three Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Mandjiny also won the university's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006.