Ryan Chan Receives the Riedl TA Award

Ryan Chan_2018 TA Award
May 14, 2018

M.S. in Data Science student Ryan Chan has been awarded the John T. Riedl Memorial Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2018. The award recognizes graduate teaching assistants whose efforts have helped other students succeed in the classroom.

Chan was selected for playing an instrumental role in the experience of CS&E undergraduates, often going above and beyond what was required as a TA. One student noted that he consistently had a positive attitude and was a motivational presence during labs and office hours.  Additionally, Chan inspired this student to pursue a teaching assistantship.

“I didn’t think I was quite prepared for such a position,” she noted, “but he reminded me of how much I had grown and learned in the last semester and encouraged me to pursue new opportunities that would broaden my knowledge and perspective in computer science.”

Other students had similar experiences working with Chan, noting his communications skills and patience that helped them learn fundamental concepts in intuitive ways, while going above and beyond to be sure students received the guidance they needed to succeed.

“Even when we did not understand a concept, he never hesitated to dedicate time outside of office hours to provide additional resources and support.”

Chan was presented with the award at the graduate student pre-commencement event on May 4.  Please join CS&E in extending our congratulations to Ryan Chan for his dedication in helping our student body in their academic and career pursuits.

Before his untimely passing away in 2013, Professor John Riedl, himself a devoted, exceptional teacher, asked that funds contributed by his friends and colleagues be used to establish this memorial award.

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