Lauren Tribe wins Edward G. Pleva for Excellence in Teaching


Lauren Tribe (Christopher Kindratsky/Western Communications)

Lauren Tribe was among the recipients of the 2023-24 Western Awards for Excellence in Teaching, being honoured with the Edward G. Pleva for Excellence in Teaching. 

The University Award for Excellence in Teaching was named in honour of Edward Gustav Pleva, Western’s first geography teacher (1938) and head of the department (1948 to 1968).

Tribe believes “engineering is about changing the world.”

Recognized as “a passionate educator who takes a bold approach to teaching,” Tribe is praised for her academic and career mentorship of students, and her attention to “uplifting diverse voices.”

She is also known for being “refreshingly original,” with her ingenuity shining through in her “Engineering Coffee” course, which explores the processes required to create a perfect cup of coffee, while demonstrating the core principles of chemical engineering.

Tribe also developed the study-abroad course Engineering in a Global Context, which integrates technical, business and cultural perspectives.