Edward Tezak, SUNY (State University of New York) Distinguished Service Profess of mechanical engineering technology at Alfred State College received the Frederick J. Berger Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at a special awards ceremony at the organization's annual conference and exposition in Honolulu in June. The award recognizes both an individual and a school or department for demonstrating outstanding leadership in curriculum, techniques, or administration in engineering technology education.
Tezak was recognized for "his work at the forefront to advance engineering technology and to obtain an identity and recognition for engineering technology, apart from engineering. A long-time advocate in engineering technology, he is active on the national, state, and campus levels, promoting and enhancing the profession. He is a leader and integral part of the programs at Alfred State College," noted the letter from ASEE notifying the college of Tezak's award.
Tezak has been affiliated with ASEE since 1984, having served as campus liaison representative for the US Military Academy at West Point until 1990, and was recognized as the 19990 Outstanding Section Campus Liaison Representative for the Middle Atlantic Section. He served the ASEE Mechanics Division as a member of the Executive Committee, program chair and division chair. He served on the ASEE Board of Directors as the PIC III chair. He has been affiliated with the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) since 1993 and has worked on the two- and four-year ETD surveys and with the ETD long-range planning committee. He represented SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and Alfred State College on the Engineering Technology Council. Tezak served as the campus liaison representative for ASC. He received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2001 from the ASEE St. Lawrence Section. He served as the ETD assistant program chair for the ASEE annual conference for the Engineering Technology Division in Montreal and the ETD program chair for the annual conference in Nashville. Since 2004, Tezak has served as secretary of the ETD.
Prior to returning to teaching in 1999, Tezak served as dean of the School of Engineering Technology at Alfred State College and as dean of the School of Information Systems and Engineering Technology at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica/Rome. He served on the staff and faculty at the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point for 20 years and was on two ABET Accreditation Steering Committees. He was a tenured faculty member of the Department of Mechanics at USMA, and served as associate dean of the Academic Board during the last four-and-a-half years of his tenure there. His academic interests are engineering mechanics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, graphics/CAD, electromechanical analysis, computer applications, vibrations, and space mechanics. He has been a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) since 1977 and an MET ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program evaluator since 2002.
Tezak has been active in the NYS Engineering Technology Association, NYSETA, as well as serving as the institutional representative on the Council for Engineering Technology for New York State, CETNYS, both at SUNY Institute of Technology-Utica/Rome and Alfred State College. He has been a member-at-large on the executive committee of ETA since 2000 and secretary/treasurer of CETNYS since 2000.
Tezak holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the US Military Academy, a master of science degree in engineering (astrodynamics) from UCLA, and a PhD from VPI&SU in engineering mechanics. He obtained his PE from the state of Virginia.