Eric Lanteigne Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

The Faculty of Engineering has awarded the 2015 John V. Marsh Award for Excellence in Teaching to Professor Eric Lanteigne, assistant professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Lanteigne holds both a B.A.Sc. and an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He has also earned a Ph.D. in the same discipline from the Royal Military College of Canada, where he also began his teaching career.

In 2011, Professor Lanteigne joined the Faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. That same year, following the sudden passing of Professor Atef Fahim, Eric assumed the responsibility of teaching the fourth-year capstone design course in mechanical engineering. Since then, he has significantly reworked the course content and introduced several pedagogical changes that were met with approval by his students. A major innovation introduced by Dr. Lanteigne is the integration of industry sponsored design projects. Entrepreneurship is also a key component of the capstone projects in order to better prepare students for their future careers. He has also shared his passion for engineering design with first-year students in the course “Introduction to Mechanical Engineering”.

Students enrolled in Lanteigne’s courses have recognized his excellent teaching skills, consistently rating him as an outstanding teacher in uOttawa’s official course evaluations.

Both former and current students have praised his work:

The project that Dr. Lanteigne assigns in CAD/CAM is unlike any that I had seen before throughout my education, as it was an open design challenge with very few limitations. At first it is daunting, but the real beauty of this project is that it allows students to explore their own ideas

Dr. Lanteigne truly knows not only how to teach, but also how to inspire and motivate students and allow them to reach their full potential

He worked tirelessly to be available for students and provide them with external reference material, beyond what is required of an instructor

In our case, Dr. Lanteigne encouraged us to challenge the current industry standards by implementing modern technologies not commonly used in a single cylinder engine

Over the past four years, Dr. Lanteigne has set up a dynamic research program that has received several grants and external contracts. Six of his graduate students are currently in his research group, and two others have completed their graduate studies, including one at the doctorate level. Since 2013, he has also been the technical consultant to the first-ever uOttawa Baja team, which will be competing at the international Baja pre-professional competition later this year. Eric is undoubtedly a very 'well-rounded' young professor!

Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty, adds: “On behalf of our entire Faculty community, I want to congratulate Eric Lanteigne for this much-deserved recognition, and I also want to thank him for his many contributions to his Department and to the Faculty. Congratulations, Eric!

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