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Jan Scheffel voted Teacher of the year

Praised for his work with the Master of Science in Engineering and in Education programme

Jan Scheffel with the chairs of the Board of studies Emelie Selinder and Oscar Ekström who handed over flowers and diplomas.
Published Dec 20, 2022

"He makes teaching both educational and fun. His teaching motivates and challenges students to take their learning seriously and strive to be good students," his students say.

Jan Scheffel, a Professor emeritus in Theoretical Fusion Plasma Physics, was voted by the members of the CL programme's chapter . The justification reads:

"Jan Scheffel has structured the Engineering science course in an educational and exciting way where students can continuously test their knowledge with the help of the course literature.

Jan's lectures were also a delight with his calm and charismatic demeanour, which allowed him to be heard in a conversational tone without a microphone in the F1 hall.

Jan is a teacher who makes teaching both educational and fun. His teaching motivates and challenges students to want to take their learning seriously and strive to be good students.

He shows new students different perspectives on engineering that inspire a future profession as an engineer. Finally, thanks for all you have done for us CL students!"

About the award

The purpose of the award is to showcase and encourage good examples of teachers within the CL programme, and to nominate one for the same award given by the KTH Student Union. The chapter's members nominate the teachers they believe deserve the award, and the Study committee considers the motivations and the number of votes to each teacher.

"So much fun to work with"

Scheffel himself is grateful and happy for the nomination.

"This award from the students means a lot to me. During the last teaching sessions in the Engineering course, I kept thinking that the fun was almost over - these students are so enjoyable to work with."

He started as a programme director in 2002 on what was then a newly created programme called Master of Science in Engineering and in Education. The programme has since been developed further together with the other programme director, Hans Thunberg.

"The engineering science course was one of the courses that the students first encountered when they came to KTH, so it was very special to be able to help introduce them to the academy. The course has its core in mathematical modelling but also covers topics such as engineering skills and the history of technology, not least from a gender perspective," says Scheffel who says he will celebrate the award with a glass of sparkling wine "with my dear wife and many pleasant thoughts about the beautiful students at the CL programme."