UW-Madison: Master of engineering in engine systems receives distance-learning award

CONTACT: Sandra Ashford, [email protected], 608-890-2026

MADISON – The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2009 International Distance Learning Award to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES) program in conjunction with the 2009 National Conference in St. Louis.

Since 1987, USDLA has been the world’s premier distance-learning association. The USDLA International Awards program honored outstanding individuals and organizations for excellence in the field of distance learning, education and training.

These prestigious international awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance-learning programs.

Sandra Ashford, UW-Madison MEES program director, says, “We are proud and honored to accept the 21st Century Best Practice award from USDLA. This prestigious recognition is a testament to the dedication of the MEES faculty, staff and students to the continual improvement of distance learning in higher education.”

“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring the MEES program as a leader in the industry,” says John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. “MEES has raised the bar of excellence, and we are truly honored by the MEES program’s contributions to the distance-learning industry.”

The awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance-learning instructors, programs and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning-delivery technologies.

Reggie Smith III, USDLA board member and chair of the awards committee, says, “We look forward to seeing how the MEES program will inspire the 2010 award entries as they are recognized in Distance Learning Today to 3.5 million readers and via their participation in National Distance Learning Week (http://www.ndlw.org ), Nov. 9-13.”

UW-Madison’s master of engineering distance-degree programs offer a world-class degree via the Internet. MEES provides a unique blend of technical skills and advanced leadership abilities, taught by instructors from the Engine Research Center and some of the top engine companies in the world. The program features a high level of collaboration and project-based learning that applies directly and immediately to student’s real-life work. To learn more, visit http://mees.engr.wisc.edu.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a nonprofit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, higher and continuing education, home-schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance-learning industry. Visit http://www.usdla.org for more.