Robert Weissbach received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, he worked on the design and construction of submarine turbine generator sets for General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. He spent 18 years as a faculty member at Penn State Behrend, spending the 2007-08 academic year at Aalborg University in Denmark, researching energy-storage technologies for a redesigned power distribution system on the island of Bornholm, before becoming chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at IUPUI in 2016.
About the award
Established in 1990 by the late Frederick J. Berger, this award recognizes and encourages excellence in engineering technology education. It is presented to both an individual and a school or department for demonstrating outstanding leadership in curriculum, techniques, or administration in engineering technology education.
Berger drew acclaim for his many noteworthy contributions as an engineering technology educator. These include his service for many years at the City University of New York and as the founder of Tau Alpha Pi, the professional honor society for engineering technologies.