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Published: 01 October 2013

Surrey Space Centre academic wins FEPS Learning and Teaching Award 2012-13

Dr Chakravarthini Saaj, Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Deputy Head of STAR Lab, has won this year’s Learning and Teaching Award for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS).

As winner of the FEPS award, Dr Saaj has also been shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award 2012-13, along with winners from the University’s other three faculties.

The Deputy Head of Surrey Technology for Autonomous Systems and Robotics (STAR) Lab – part of the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) – Dr Saaj draws on leading research to extend students’ knowledge. Since joining the University in 2007, she has successfully implemented research-led teaching, enquiry-based learning and problem-based learning, with her innovative teaching practices highly rated by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. A Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Saaj has also served as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMNET) ambassador for UK schools and colleges since 2007, actively promoting engineering and space education.

Celebrating her achievement, Dr Saaj joined Professor Ian Kinchin (Head of Surrey’s Department of Higher Education), Dr Rick Woods (Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching), and other members from the Department of Higher Education for a special Awards lunch held at Lakeside Restaurant on 20 September.

On winning the award, Dr Saaj says: “I am glad to have been selected for this prestigious award in recognition of my teaching. I put the highest priority on my students’ satisfaction and achievements, and this award inspires me to continue exploring innovative teaching and learning techniques. I thank my colleagues in the Electronic Engineering Department and the Department of Higher Education for their incredible support.