Five CEE Faculty Recognized in CIOS Awards

Tuesday, 05 April 2022

By Amy Kim

Five CEE faculty members have been recognized by their students for their all-around excellence in the classroom in 2021.   

The Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 CIOS Award recognizes just 40 instructors at Georgia Tech each year.  

Award winners are selected by exceptional student response rates on the CIOS (Course Instructor Opinion Survey) and top scores in three scale items: instructor’s respect and concern for students, enthusiasm about teaching, and ability to stimulate interest in the subject matter.

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Rachel Grant


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Francesco Fedele

Associate Professor Francesco Fedele and art his co-instructor Rachel Grant were recognized for their joint-led visual arts and geometry course. Fedele’s joined Georgia Tech faculty in 2007 after his post-doctoral position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His current research interests include stereo imaging for geophysical applications and mathematical modeling and experimentation on devices to harvest energy from tidal streams. Grant joined Georgia Tech as an instructor of drawing and painting in 2019 after completing her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. Their joint course hosts weekly ArtLab sessions, introducing engineering students to the intersection of science and art.

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Eric Marks

Eric Marks is a professor of the practice who joined Georgia Tech faculty from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama and now teaches construction engineering courses. Marks has been recognized by his students for his “diverse presentation strategies” and mentorship in student design projects. His research focuses on building information modeling, construction safety and innovation, and automated sensing.

Marks previously won the Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2018, just a year after joining the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty as full-time faculty.


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Maria Warren


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Alexandra Muscalus


Alexandra Muscalus and Maria Warren have been recognized for their tremendous progress in their early teaching careers as Ph.D. students in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and. Muscalus and Warren are both part of CEE’s Future Fellows program, which supports graduate students who aspire to become educators through a stipend and one-on-one mentoring with Georgia Tech faculty. 

Muscalus is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ocean Science and Engineering, and her research currently focuses on container ship wake and coastal impacts on shorelines. Warren, whose research interests are focused around structural engineering and impulsive loading, studies capacity characteristics of steel bolts.  

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