The Dean's Medal for Engineering Achievement is awarded to Professor Howard E. Strauss in recognition of his many years of service to the Engineering Profession and Engineering Education at SUNY at Buffalo. Joining the faculty as an Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1947, he retires with the rank of Professor and as Associate Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
In addition to teaching courses in Thermodynamics and Energy Systems, he has served the University in numerous administrative assignments and chaired several University-wide committees. In 1966 he was appointed Assistant Dean and then served as the Acting Dean during 1966-67. He was promoted to Associate Dean for Student Services in 1978 and it is in this role that every undergraduate student in Engineering remember with respect the assistance and concern of Dean Strauss in their efforts to achieve their educational goals.
He was the University Marshall from 1975-77 and was Chairman of the Hearing Committee for the Maintenance of Public Order for ten years. He has served on numerous University-wide committees including Admissions and Recruitment, Scholastic Standards, Placement and Career Guidance, Degree Requirements, and the Advisory Committee for Continuing Education.
From 1958-64 he was associated with the Internationally recognized Carbon Research Laboratory at Buffalo as a Research Assistant. He is Past Chairman of the Buffalo Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers along with many years of service to the Engineering Society of Buffalo. He was on the staff of the U.S. Navy Reserve Officers School in Buffalo from 1953-70.
Early in his teaching career he was honored to be twice selected by the Engineering Student Honor Society as “Instructor of the Year” for outstanding pedagogical achievement. In 1984 he was named Educator of the Year by the Professional Engineering Society of Western New York.
Professor Strauss holds a B.S.M.E. from the University of Michigan and a M.S.M.E. from the University of Buffalo. For the past 20 years he has been involved with the UB Engineering Alumni and now plans to devote more time in these important matters.