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Li Wins 2014 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award

Shuwang Li, associate professor of applied mathematics, received the 2014 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award at the IIT Faculty Recognition and Awards Reception in April. This is the first year the award was named for Rowe for his commitment to leadership, education, and service. He is a past chairman of IIT Board of Trustees and chairman emeritus of Exelon Corporation.  The annual awards reception is an IIT tradition to recognize those who made notable contributions to their profession and the university. The award was presented to Kelly Kazukauskas, clinical assistant professor with the IIT department of psychology, and Li. 

“Dr. Li is a great mathematician with a clear vision and deep understanding of the scopes and purposes of his mathematical field,” said Emma Turlan, Ph.D. candidate. “I strongly believe that his valuable teaching, research, and professional experience in mathematics are very useful.” 

“I liked how Professor Li encouraged American and Chinese students to work together and take that opportunity to learn about different cultures,” recalled alumna Anita Thomas (AMAT ’13).

“Shuwang is an excellent teacher in and out of the classroom,” said Xiaofan Li, professor of applied mathematics and director of graduate studies. “In the classroom, Shuwang cares deeply about his students and gives very clear, well-prepared lectures. Outside the classroom, Shuwang is an outstanding mentor. He has an excellent record in mentoring students at all levels – postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high school.”

Li joined the Department of Applied Mathematics in fall 2008 and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He works on mathematical modeling and computation. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure this spring.