Wei Fan Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award

Wei Fan and Scott Auerbach at the Faculty Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2024

Dr. Wei Fan, Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and the UMass iCons Program, has been named a recipient of the 2023-2024 Distinguished Teaching Award by the Center for Teaching and Learning at UMass Amherst.

At the Faculty Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2024, Provost Mike Malone cited Dr. Fan’s interdisciplinary education to STEM, Business, and Policy students in the areas of Health and Energy fields – the signature of Dr. Fan’s teaching in iCons 1.

Since 1961, the University of Massachusetts has presented the Distinguished Teaching Award to instructors who demonstrate exemplary teaching at the highest level. This highly competitive and prestigious campus-wide honor is the only student-initiated award on campus.

“In teaching, excellence is not just about imparting knowledge, but igniting a passion for learning and empowering students to become change agents in whatever they do,” remarks Wei Fan.

Fan leads the Fan Porous Materials Research Group. The research group focuses on the rational synthesis of nanoporous materials, which serve as catalysts in biorefineries and drug delivery carriers. Fan is also the 2021-2024 iCons Teaching Fellow and has been instructing in ICONS 189H Global Challenges, Scientific Solutions (iCons 1) for the past three years.