Faculty Member Receives the Navigator Award for being a Mentor Par Excellence

On October 17, Rick Dove, Adjunct Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) received the Navigator Award for ‘leading the way’ for students in systems engineering. Dinesh Verma, Dean, SSE and Michael Pennotti, Professor, SSE, presented the award to Dove at the SSE Advisory Board Meeting.

The Navigator Award recipient is a faculty member who provides outstanding support and guidance to students in the systems engineering program. Dove, a distinguished academic and industry expert was selected by the Board for his commitment in mentoring, and in enabling an environment of excellence for the academic and professional development of his students.

In the past five years, under the guidance of Dove, students in the systems engineering graduate program have produced independent projects of brilliant quality, exemplifying the trajectory that Dove has established for his students. With Dove at the helm, several papers presented by his students have been submitted for academic conferences, and have been published in technical journals.  In June 2013, at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) International Symposium held in Philadelphia, the Best Paper Award was presented to one of Dove’s student projects.

As Professor Pennotti stated, “Professor Dove is a glorious example of an educator who is a guiding light for his students. The fact that so many students under his mentorship have been successful is the result of a commitment to excellence, on the part of both the student and his or her faculty advisor.”