Green Teaching

John tharkan, Ph.D.

May 4, 2010


It would be difficult to find anyone more qualified than Dr. John Tharakan to help CETLA launch its Green Teaching Program. Dr. Tharakan is not only the winner of the Faculty Senate's Exemplary Teaching Award and a former CETLA Fellow, but he is also an expert on sustainability.

A Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Tharakan directs the Biochemical Engineering Research Laboratory at Howard. While conducting research on biotechnology, biochemical engineering, and appropriate technology, he has developed both online and traditional courses on environmental engineering, held seminars and supervised student projects on environmental justice, and designed courses on the ethics and philosophy of appropriate technology. A Senior Fulbright Scholar, he has won national and international awards for his contributions to engineering education, including the Best Paper Award in the Environmental Engineering Division from the American Society of Engineering Education and the Outstanding Paper Contribution Platinum Award from the UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education. At Howard, he has won the Faculty Senate's Inspirational Interdisciplinary Project Award as well as its Exemplary Teaching Award. At CETLA, he has also won Honorable Mention for the Teaching with Technology and Syllabus Awards.

Currently, Dr. Tharakan serves on the University's Environmental and Sustainability Council, which is charged with turning Howard into "an environmentally conscious and sustainable campus" and advising the Administration on environmental issues. According to the January 2010 issue of the Capstone, "The Council will work to reduce Howard's carbon footprint, expand the University's new recycling program and develop relevant education and research initiatives." Consequently, Dr. Tharakan is working with CETLA to promote one of those education initiatives: Green Teaching .

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