Athinarayanan to Receive 2008 PRIDE Award


Photo of Dr. Ragu Athinarayanan

Dr. Ragu Athinarayanan, chair of the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, will receive this year’s PRIDE Award.


Dec. 8, 2008 – Dr. Ragu Athinarayanan, chair of the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University, will receive the PRIDE Award during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Show Me Center.

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service, and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy. Athinarayanan was selected for the award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools. The recipient of the award is honored for exemplifying the teacher/scholar model. This is the 13th year Southeast has presented the PRIDE Award.

In addition to receiving the PRIDE Award, Athinarayanan will serve as the grand marshal at commencement exercises Dec. 20 and will present the address at the Honors Convocation scheduled for 10:30 a.m., also in the Show Me Center.

Athinarayanan came to Southeast in 2000. He was promoted to professor of industrial and engineering technology in 2005. Among the courses he teaches are “Robotics Fundamentals,” “Advanced Manufacturing Systems” and “Microcontrollers.”

“He takes his job very seriously because he considers it part of his job to be a model teacher,” said Dr. Randy Shaw, assistant provost and dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies. “He is an excellent role model.”

Shaw says Athinarayanan supervises and has expanded the department’s internship program and has provided leadership to improve the quality of applied research and advising provided to students in Southeast’s graduate program. In addition, he has developed three research project proposals in cooperation with the Missouri Research Corporation. His work with grants and in-kind donations has added nearly $1 million in new equipment and software to the department’s curriculum, both during the past three years. He also coordinated the writing of self studies for two national accreditation visits – National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) in 2006 and TACABET in 2007.

“He is tireless and is involved in many Department, School and University committees,” Shaw said.

His departmental efforts with recruitment, retention, career fair, advisory committee, employer follow-up study, assessment and development of student organizations has insured the quality and growth of the department, Shaw added.

“Ragu is one of the most competent, modest and hardest working colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with in my nearly 35 years in higher education,” Shaw said. 

He has been a member of the search committee for the executive director of international programs and the director of online programs. He is a member of the Graduate Council, the School of Polytechnic Studies Council, the International Council and the Student Affairs Committee. He is chair of the Faculty Assessment, Planning and Action Committee, coordinator of the industrial and engineering technology (IET) graduate program, chair of the IET Curriculum, Graduate and Student Affairs committees and the budget committee. He is a member of NAIT, the Missouri Association for Advanced Manufacturing and the Cape Girardeau Area Engineers Club.

Athinarayanan received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.