Dr. Bordley Honored by CoE and Engineering Society of Detroit

Dr. Robert Bordley, ISD’s Systems Engineering + Design Program Director, has been honored twice recently.

The University of Michigan College of Engineering selected Dr. Bordley to receive the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award for 2022-23 for his many accomplishments, including creating a new course on developing and verifying requirements, overhauling the existing introductory course on systems engineering, and supporting the development of a third course on systems architecting.

“In teaching these classes, Bob combines both deep insights of the problems practitioners face along with a profound understanding of the latest theoretical developments,” said Dr. Diann Brei, Professor and Chair, ISD. “He approaches his work with both energy and humility. He strives to recognize others even if it involves downplaying his own contributions. He is always a team player. Our students belove Bob!”

Dr. Bordley was also honored by the Engineering Society of Detroit with the ESD Gold Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments by an engineer in Southeast Michigan. This award takes more than 80 different disciplines into account in determining the recipient of the award. This is the first time the ESD Gold Award will recognize an integrative field of engineering.

“I’m hoping this award encourages people from the represented disciplines to realize there are techniques for helping them collaborate more effectively with other disciplines,” Dr. Bordley said. “I would like this to lead to more memberships for the local chapter of the systems engineering society and possibly more students in ISD.”

Congratulations Dr. Bordley!