IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award
Charles K. Alexander believes that it is the undergraduate years when students can be inspired to do great things. Dr. Alexander follows a "participatory learning" style where the students drive classroom discussions through the questions they ask, and he guides the direction with the answers he provides. Dr. Alexander's students credit him as one of the most motivational instructors they ever had, instilling a love for learning that they have incorporated into their own careers. He also focuses on nontechnical skill development to ensure that students can communicate clearly. Dr. Alexander developed the WriteTalk and ProSkills programs with Jim Watson to enhance the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of engineering students along with the development and enhancement of the many additional soft skills necessary for career success. He also helped create the Student Professional Awareness Conference program, Student Branch Officers Leadership program, and IEEE Potentials magazine to provide opportunities for continued learning.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Alexander is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Cleveland State University, OH, USA.