Barghi recognized as excellent educator

Shazhad Barghi

Shazhad Barghi, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2012 R. Mohan Mathur Award of Excellence in Teaching. 

Western Engineering News | April 18, 2013

Enthusiastic.  Very good professor.  Approachable.  Always willing to help.

These are all words consistently found throughout Shahzad Barghi’s course and instructor evaluations.

Since joining Western Engineering's Department of Chemiacl and Biochemcial Engineering (CBE) in 2006, Barghi has taught 14 undergraduate courses and four graduate courses. 

For the last two years, undergraduate students in CBE have selected Barghi as the best professor among the third-year professors in the department. 

In addition, more than 80 per cent of graduating chemical engineering students mentioned Barghi’s name as the best teacher they had among all professors throughout their undergraduate engineering experience at Western.

“He is an outstanding colleague and teacher who has made many contributions to the teaching efforts in our department,” explains Ajay Ray, Department Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. “His efforts require recognition which prompted me to nominate him for this award.”

Ray further explains that Barghi goes above and beyond his assigned duties, trying to make his courses relevant for the students.

“Most of professor Barghi’s courses are related to design. He uses video clips from industry to bring real-life examples into the classroom.  His teaching methods have a big impact on the students’ learning.”

Barghi always offers an open-door policy, providing help to students beyond his assigned office hours. Students feel comfortable approaching him during class and after hours during one-on-one meetings.

His focus and dedication for providing the best student experience is present at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Since taking on the responsibility of coordinator of the Chemical Engineering Master of Engineering (MEng) program in 2006, Barghi has helped increase enrolment in the program.

“Since there are not enough chemical plants in the London area, we were suffering from extremely low number of students in our MEng program,” Ray explains.  “Professor Barghi spent enormous amounts of time traveling to Sarnia to present our program to employed engineers in chemical valley as a way to recruit new students.  He also volunteered to teach graduate courses at the Research Park in Sarnia.”

In recognition of Barghi’s on-going commitment to the undergraduate curriculum and the MEng program, plus his efforts to develop innovative teaching methods at Western Engineering, he has been awarded the R. Mohan Mathur Award of Excellence in Teaching.  Shahzad will be presented with the award at the Western Engineering Faculty & Staff Awards Luncheon on May 16.