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Eric Marsman Receives Outstanding GSI Award

Eric Marsman, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a 2001-2002 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award. Marsman was one of only 20 U-M graduate student instructors to receive the award.

Recipients of the Outstanding GSI award have demonstrated "exceptional ability, creativity and continuous growth as teachers." The award is also recognition of outstanding service as a mentor and advisor to students, colleagues and others in need of help. Marsman satisfied all of these requirements as an instructor of EECS 427, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Design I, which is his particular area of interest

In describing his growth as a teacher, Marsman said that the technical nature of the course "required understanding concepts that I didn't grasp when taking the course, but needed to be able to explain to students when they asked about them. So my technical ability, as well as communication skills, were vastly improved while teaching the class."

Marsman recognizes the significance of the Outstanding GSI award. "It's an honor!" he said. "To have the students you worked so hard for recognize your efforts and say to someone else, "Hey, this guy did his job well," makes it extra special."

Marsman is also a past recipient of an ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award, which recognizes student instructors who have shown excellence in teaching during the academic year.