Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal - Teaching Awards Winner - Learning and Teaching - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal

Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal - UC Teaching Award Winner 2013

Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Nominated by Associate Professor Mark Davidson,
Head of Department, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Constantly reviewing, improving and updating his teaching style and course materials is second nature to this dedicated lecturer who works tirelessly to inspire his students to reach their full potential. Responding to recent events, he has co-led development of three new postgraduate qualifications in earthquake engineering and, following requests from IPENZ, has developed an earthquake engineering refresher course for professional engineers which he has taught throughout New Zealand. He is also recognised as a mentor for newer colleagues in his department. He leads by example, having taught six undergraduate courses, three postgraduate courses and supervised 55 research projects. Rajesh describes his aim in teaching as achieving a ‘pin-drop-silence’ environment where students are totally focussed and engaged in his classes. Although he teaches large classes and is committed in so many areas, his students say “he is happy to drop what he is doing, just to help students with points they do not understand.”

Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal's staff profile (Civil and Natural Resources Engineering website)

Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal's Research profile (UC SPARK website)