BHSU provost receives highest recognition from International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Categories: 2016

Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University, recently received the highest recognition the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) can bestow upon a person, the 2016 Academy of Fellows Award.

Steven Barbato (left), executive director/CEO of the  International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) congratulates Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University, on receiving the highest recognition the ITEEA can bestow upon a person, the 2016 Academy of Fellows Award.  

Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Black Hills State University, received the 2016 Academy of Fellows Award, the highest recognition the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) can bestow upon any person.

Custer is recognized for the prominence and honor he's brought to the profession of technology and engineering education, according to the ITEEA qualifications for the award.

"This is a very humbling recognition and puts me in a group of professionals that I have admired and respected my entire career," said Custer. "I am deeply grateful to the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association for their leadership as an association and for this recognition of my work."

Custer's recognition places him amongst other worldwide leaders working to advance technology, innovation, design, and engineering education. Custer was chosen to receive the award based on recognition by peers, leadership roles in ITEEA and other affiliate organizations, and presentations and professional development activities at the local and international levels.

A member of the BHSU staff since 2011, Custer has led several Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives including the renovation of Jonas Science to create the Sanford Science Education Center, a collaboration between BHSU and the Sanford Underground Research Facility to provide unique learning and teaching opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines including science and education.
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