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ECE’s Dave Fritz Named CASE Exemplary Employee

Lab-in-a-Box

Lab-in-a-Box – Read more about the Lab-in-a-Box in this article from the 2009 ECE Annual Report.

Dave Fritz (left) is presented his award by Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean Richard C. Benson

May 23, 2011 – ECE electrical engineer Dave Fritz has received one of two annual Exemplary Employee awards from the College Association for Staff in Engineering (CASE). He received the Technical Award in consideration of his exceptional contributions to the department.

Fritz was recognized for his increase in responsibilities and "going beyond the call of duty" over the past year. These additional efforts include overseeing the construction of the new Open Electronics Laboratory in 219 and 222 Whittemore. The OpEL is used by 400–500 ECE and ME students each semester, including the students enrolled in ECE 2054, 2074, 3074, and 3254.

Fritz also played an important role in developing ECE 2054 and revising ECE 3254 to be based on the Lab-in-a-Box concept, which allows students to perform experiments outside of class and them demonstrate them in class. When ECE 2054 was first offered in Spring 2010, it was the first time this approach had been incorporated into a class taken by non-ECE students, and Fritz was instrumental in getting approval from the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum committee.

"The changes in the curriculum and expansion of the laboratory facilities would not have been successful without David Fritz’s dedication to support the development of the OpEL facilities and the two ECE courses offered to Mechanical Engineering students," said associate professor Kathleen Meehan in her letter nominating Fritz for the award. "He has been a key contributor during the major curriculum overhaul and facilities improvements and has kept the process moving forward smoothly," she said.

"Dave has always been an outstanding technical staff member of the ECE Department and has provided significant assistance to our faculty and important contributions to our students’ laboratory and design experiences," said department head Scott Midkiff. "His additional contributions during the past year in helping to create a unique, hands‐on laboratory experience for non‐ECE students have gone well beyond normal expectations. His talents, motivation, and hard work have had and continue to have a lasting impact on students throughout the College of Engineering," he added.

Read about the CASE awards at the College of Engineering website.