Strandjord Named 2015-16 Faculty Recognition Award Recipient
Dr. Andrew Strandjord, assistant professor of chemistry, is the recipient of the 2015-16 Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana Community by a faculty member.
Students nominate professors they feel display one or more of the five core values of the University (Christian, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community, Service) as well as how those faculty members have positively impacted their experiences at Augustana.
Following are excerpts from Dr. Strandjord's nominations:
"Dr. Strandjord is deserving of this award. He is one of the most compassionate professors I have had. He wants every student to excel and he makes sure that he is available to answer any questions we have. It is apparent that Dr. Strandjord loves his job by how excited he gets at every lecture. I love that he takes the class's feedback and uses it to improve his teaching. I am thankful for his humor and his ability to talk to students. Dr. Strandjord represents Augie's core values and he is truly an Augie advantage."
"This year has been really crappy for me. This fall my mom passed away from cancer. During this time I was in his class and he did everything in his power to make the class less stressful for me and he went out of his way every day, and still continues, to ask how I'm handling things. He is the most compassionate professor I've ever met which is why he should win [the Faculty Recognition Award]."
"Dr. Strandjord is constantly thinking about his students. He goes above and beyond to ensure that we understand the material and won't feel overwhelmed by new concepts. He is constantly coming up with new ways to aid us in our learning. I nominated Professor Strandjord not only for these reasons, but also because he took the time to get to know his students. Last fall, he had a class of 180 students and took time out of his busy schedule to learn each and every one of our names. Although he may not have been able to learn and remember every single one, he made an effort which showed all of us how much he truly cares about us."
Strandjord is currently teaching organic chemistry at Augustana. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his undergraduate degree majoring in physics and biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
During the '80s and '90s, Strandjord was a project leader for the Laser Group and Electronic Materials Group within the Dow Chemical's Central Research Division. In this position, he did process development work on the BCB electronic materials for redistribution applications. In 1998, he started the company IC Interconnect in Colorado Springs. In 2005, he worked at Flip Chip International as their senior scientist and was involved in bringing up the electroless nickel/gold plating process in China. From 2005-2007, he also served as the VP of Technology for the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society. Before coming to Augustana, Strandjord served as the senior manager and director of operations at PacTech USA.
Faculty Recognition Award recipients are also invited to give a "Last Lecture" at the Senior Celebration, this year set for Friday, May 20, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.