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NCTL Founder Receives ASME Engineering and Tufts University Awards

July 07, 2011

Museum of Science president and director and National Center for Technological Literacy® founder, Ioannis Miaoulis, is the 2011 winner of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Ralph Coats Roe Medal "for seminal and leadership contributions" to government panels, institutions of higher education, and professional and civic organizations, "helping people of all ages enhance their knowledge of engineering and technology" and "inspiring the next generation of engineers, inventors and scientists."

Roe was a pioneer in the design and construction of efficient power plants and advanced desalting processes. Miaoulis will accept the medal at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Denver in November 11-17, 2011, after delivering a lecture at the June ASME Annual Meeting in Dallas. Past winners include Dean Kamen ('02), Rep. Vernon Ehlers ('03), William Wulf, ('04), and Charles Vest ('10).

Strongly endorsing the nomination, Wulf, past president of the National Academy of Engineering, said Miaoulis's "many contributions" to STEM education are "all true" -- as are his "energy and inspirational excitement."

On April 26, Miaoulis, a former dean of Tufts University School of Engineering, also received the 2011 Light on the Hill Award. The highest tribute bestowed on a Tufts graduate by the student body, it recognizes "your leadership within your field, constant support of Tufts, and serving as an outstanding role model to the Tufts community." Miaoulis earned bachelor's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and a master's in economics at Tufts, as well as a master's in mechanical engineering at MIT.

As soon as Miaoulis began teaching mechanical engineering at Tufts, he was championing the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts curriculum, helping it become the first state to develop a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering. The Museum of Science has brought engineering education to nearly 1.8 million children and over 23,000 teachers in the United States.

The Light on the Hill award was named for Tufts founder Charles Tufts's desire to create a "light on the hill" with the university.

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