Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
The Western Alumni Association has partnered with the Office of the Provost to request nominations from WWU alumni for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. A “call for nominations” is sent to all alumni in the WWU alumni database, inviting them to submit the name of a faculty member who made an impact on their life as a student and describe in detail why that person deserves this distinguished recognition.
Brian Hutchinson - Computer Science
Brian began his academic career at WWU, where he earned a trio of degrees (BS Computer Science, BS Linguistics, MS Computer Science), before heading to the University of Washington to earn MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering. He returned to WWU's Computer Science Department as faculty in 2013, and accepted a joint appointment in 2017 as a scientist in the Computing and Analytics Division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The work in his research group is highly interdisciplinary: he and his students work with domain experts to use machine learning to tackle important scientific problems arising in astronomy, biology, climate science, education, linguistics, materials science, oceanography, and many other domains. His group also works on fundamental machine learning research, including adversarial machine learning and few shot learning. He is passionate about mentorship in all forms: he has mentored over 70 undergraduate and master's research students; he mentors department TAs and graders as the department's first TA Coordinator; he has helped to organize and run the College of Science and Engineering TA Training program; and he co-founded and served as the first chair of the CS department's Student-Centered Learning Committee, designed to support junior faculty's growth as effective instructors.
Peter Haug - Decision Sciences
Peter is the program director of the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program in the College of Business and Economics. He received a B.A. and M.A. in military history, an MBA from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Philosophy in business studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and his Ph.D. in operations management from the University of Washington. Peter manages the Manufacturing and Operations Management Advisory Board that designed and sustains the MSCM degree, whose motto is “industry partnered education.” He has served as the faculty sponsor of the student chapter of APICS for over 25 years. He is passionate about mentoring and engaging his students with alumni and industry professionals through summer internships, company projects, facility tours, and guest speaker sessions and dinners. His research focuses on empirical and case studies in supply chain management, and his overseas teaching and travels have enhanced his ability to integrate global perspectives in his pedagogical philosophy and efforts. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in China and India, and a visiting professor in Scotland and Iceland.