Engineering Student Success Centre co-ordinator receives President's Award for exemplary service
Adrian Dobre, co-ordinator of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Engineering One Student Success Centre, has received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service for 2020.
The award recognizes outstanding service and/or significant contributions to the university community.
“I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as one of the 2020 winners of the President’s Award for Exemplary Service,” said Mr. Dobre. “I am also extremely happy because my nominees were my students; students who passed through the EO Student Success Centre in their first year of engineering and beyond; students who got their questions answered; students who found in me a confidant and a friend; students for whom I was able to make the transition from high school to university much easier.”
Mr. Dobre is passionate about teaching and providing optimal opportunities for students to succeed.
The Engineering One Student Success Centre was established in 2009 to help first-year engineering students. In the early days, Mr. Dobre explored other help centres at Memorial and adopted the best practices for the Engineering One Student Success Centre. The result was the creation of a comfortable and welcoming learning environment for first-year engineering students.
Mr. Dobre personally provides academic and professional advice to students who visit the centre and ensures they have the support and tools they need to succeed. Through encouraging them and challenging them to be their best, he has helped students achieve success.
While the centre focuses on first-year engineering students, Mr. Dobre maintains relationships with many of the students throughout their entire engineering programs. Many students often seek him out to maintain a connection.
Over the years, Mr. Dobre has introduced a number of initiatives to support students, including the creation of a YouTube channel and organizing flash dance mobs. He is always engaging with students in new and unique ways.
One of Mr. Dobre’s most significant recent contributions is the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program.
The program invites engineering students to participate in peer-led problem-solving sessions directly related to lecture material. To help in program development, Mr. Dobre participated in training at the national SI Centre at the University of Guelph and designed and implemented a training program for junior co-op students at Memorial to become SI Leaders.
Mr. Dobre is also the chief invigilator for all Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science exams and helps with annual recruitment by visiting high schools across the province providing information to students interested in engineering studies at Memorial.
“I have always enjoyed working with students, trying to guide them towards a path for achievement, helping them find their strengths and confidence to succeed in the difficult field of engineering,” he said. “I am so lucky to be able to work alongside these wonderful students and have such incredible co-workers in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.”
With files from Melissa Watten.