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Krishna Pakala named ‘Fierce Educator’

krishna wears mask, his back to auditorium full of socially distanced, mask-wearing students
Krishna Pakala teaching on the second day of fall semester, Micron Center for Materials Research, photo Patrick Sweeney

Krishna Pakala, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering was named a “Fierce Educator” by Fierce Education.

An excerpt from Pakala’s award page reads: “As the world shut down in March 2020, Dr. Krishna Pakala became the “Professor of the Pandemic”, utilized the far-reaching capabilities of digital technology to continue his students’ learning seamlessly. He used the functionalities provided by commonly used social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook to reach out and maintain human connections. The broader goal was to embrace digital togetherness to bridge the gaps caused by social distancing.”

According to their website, “Fierce Education is recognizing those administrators, faculty, instructors, professors, and other higher education influencers who are boldly embracing innovative ways of teaching, technologies and methods to engage and reach students during these challenging times. They are the ‘Fierce Educators’ who are rethinking higher education in this new blended learning world and we will be highlighting their successes and accomplishments.”