Ozbolat Wins UI Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award

March 10, 2012

Ibrahim Ozbolat, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, is one of five University of Iowa scholars who will receive a total of $100,000 in support of their innovative approaches to teaching with technology.

The Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards help fund instructional technology projects that impact student success and retention. This year, the Academic Technologies Advisory Council encouraged applicants to focus proposals on collaborative learning and student use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning. The council selected four proposals from a pool of 13.

Ozbolat was awarded $26,000 to develop an Internet-controlled bio-additive manufacturing system. An industrial dispensing robot and digital fluidic dispensing equipment, purchased using a grant from the Provost Office, will be used to develop the system in a clean-room facility. Students will use cameras remotely controlled through the Internet to enhance their process-visualization capabilities. The online system will alleviate safety issues, such as exposure to biological and chemical substances. IT will also serve as a tool for supporting classroom instruction.

Proposals for the 2013 Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards will be accepted in the fall, but applicants are encouraged to get started on them now. The ATAC committee is willing to provide feedback and assist in development of projects.