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Ken Matwiczak, senior lecturer and graduate adviser for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has been named as the University of Texas at Austin's Outstanding Graduate Adviser for 2007.
"It is a tremendous credit to 'Dr. Mat' that he was chosen from among a well-respected number of graduate advisers across the University of Texas at Austin for this honor," said James B. Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
"Of course, it comes as no surprise to anyone here at the LBJ School, who have are well-familiar with the tireless dedication and cheerful support Dr. Matwiczak has always provided to our students."
Matwiczak, who has served as the graduate adviser for five years, received the award in recognition of attentiveness and dedication to the students of the LBJ School, including recruiting and retaining high quality students, enriching students' professional and academic development, and his tireless work with faculty and other administrators on issues pertaining to graduate education at the LBJ School.
Matwiczak received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University in 1990. As a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, he served as Chief of Studies and Test Integration for a joint service test force that was charged with developing a methodology to evaluate air defense artillery battle doctrine through computer simulation and live field exercises.
Before retiring from the armed forces in 1993, he also taught in the systems engineering department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and supervised the school's engineering management program, which was selected as the best program of its kind in the nation.
Matwiczak will officially receive the award, which comes with a $4,000 prize, at the Graduate School/University Co-op Awards Banquet in May 2007.
The Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award is given annually in recognition of a Graduate Adviser's outstanding service to his graduate program. Graduate advisers provide an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty, and staff. To be nominated, advisers need as many as four letters of support, including at least one from a current or former student.
The Graduate School, which is an umbrella organization for all graduate students and programs at the University of Texas at Austin, considers this award one of the few opportunities available to recognize these individuals.
For more information about the award and previous recipients, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/awards/.