Montana State University

MSU engineering professor wins international award for advising

May 23, 2017 -- By Marshall Swearingen, MSU News Service

David Claudio, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the College of Engineering at Montana State University.

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BOZEMAN – A Montana State University engineering professor has won an international award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

David Claudio, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in MSU’s College of Engineering, received the Global Outstanding Faculty Advisor Recognition Award from IISE in April after being nominated by his students.

“It was a very nice surprise,” Claudio said.

The international award is IISE’s top honor for faculty advisers. A winner is selected each year from among the recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Recognition Award in each of IISE’s 10 regions across the globe.

Based on nomination materials submitted by students, Claudio won the faculty adviser award for IISE’s Western Region, which includes 11 states in the Western U.S., making him eligible for the global award. He was notified of both awards in April.

Chris Schopp, secretary of the MSU student chapter of IISE, said Claudio was well-deserving of the award for his dedication to students both in and out of the classroom.

“He always seems to find the time to help the (IISE) club or help other students, whether with classwork or other things,” Schopp said. “That’s what stands out about him the most.”

Deepak Sharma, president of the MSU IISE club, noted that Claudio played a key role in organizing a trip for him and four other industrial engineering students to an IISE conference in Oregon in February. Claudio gave the students tips about how to present their work to conference attendees and how to engage with potential employers. “It really helped a lot of us,” Sharma said.

At the conference, “I actually felt like I was going to be an industrial engineer instead of just a student,” said Schopp, who recently completed his junior year and is planning to pursue a career in manufacturing. “It bridged that gap between my school life and my life after school.” Claudio’s efforts in organizing the trip highlighted his role as an adviser who strives to help students understand that they can channel their coursework into a meaningful livelihood, he added.

“David is an inspirational mentor and advisor, both for undergraduates and graduate students,” said Dan Miller, head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. “He is a role model for other faculty. The students who nominated him obviously recognize that as well.”

Claudio said student advising is something he focuses on as a faculty member. “Once I was a student and I had great advisers who became my mentors, and now they are my friends. Now I find myself on the other side, and I try to do the same for my students.”

“I have come to realize, when faculty give their all outside of the classroom, then students give their all inside of the classroom,” he added.

Claudio received the award officially at an awards banquet at IISE’s Annual Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh on May 22.

Contact: David Claudio,, (406) 994-5943.