Dr. Keith Nisbett named Dean's Educator

To honor excellence in the classroom and contributions toward student service, Dr. Keith Nisbett, associate professor and associate chair of mechanical engineering, was recognized by the College of Engineering and Computing with the title of Dean’s Educator.  The two-year title includes a $5,000 stipend.  Nominations are extended by the department chair and selected by a five-person committee of senior CEC faculty.  Dr. Nisbett was one of three faculty recognized at the annual CEC meeting on October 25, 2018.

Co-author of a popular undergraduate textbook on machine design, Dr. Nisbett is a sought-after teacher, mentor and unofficial consultant to members of the school’s many student design teams.  He served for many years as the faculty advisor of the Human Powered Vehicle Team.  For 15 years, Dr. Nisbett has mentored middle-school and high-school robotics competition teams, and hosted S&T’s robotics summer camp.  He estimates that he has instructed and mentored over 3,000 middle school and high school students in hands-on activities that develop interest in STEM fields.

Over the past 30 years of teaching at Missouri S&T, Dr. Nisbett has been honored with numerous Outstanding Teaching and Faculty Excellence awards, including the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. His areas of expertise include kinematics, mechanical design and mechanism synthesis.  In 2002, Dr. Nisbett was a gubernatorial appointee to the newly formed Missouri Amusement Ride Safety Board.  He served as chair of the board for its first 12 years.