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VOL. 23, NO. 6OCTOBER 10, 1997

The Society of Columbia Graduates Names Modi, Rosand Great Teachers


By Kim Brockway

The Society of Columbia Graduates has named Vijay Modi, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and David Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia College, the winners of the 1997 Great Teacher Awards.

  The Awards will be presented at the Society's annual dinner, to be held on Thurs., Oct. 23, at Faculty House.

  Modi has taught at Columbia since the mid-1980s. His research interests are in computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, and he has authored or co-authored numerous journal papers, and served as the principal or co-principal of a number of research grants from government and industry. Extremely popular with students, Modi was one of three faculty to receive a newly-created distinguished teaching award presented last year based upon student nomination and support.

  Rosand, a noted scholar, teacher and curator, has taught at Columbia since 1964. His scholarship has focused on Italian Renaissance painting and graphic art, especially in Venice, as well as aspects of the modern tradition.


  At Columbia he has served twice as chairman of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, and as chairman of Art Humanities, and has written many essays, reviews and articles for a wide range of publications.

  David Rosand received his B.A. from Columbia College in 1959, and his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1965.

  His many students describe his approach to art history as insightful and incisive.

  The Society of Columbia Graduates established the Great Teacher Awards in 1950 to honor the great teachers in the faculties of Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  Two awards are presented each year, one to a College and one to an Engineering School faculty member.

  The Society of Columbia Graduates' criteria for the annual Great Teacher Awards are:

  The ability to stimulate, challenge and inspire students; the ability to lecture interestingly to students and to make effective oral presentations; a demonstrated interest in students and the ability to relate positively to students outside the classroom, and a recognized standing in academic discipline.