Now retired, Michael C. Loui held the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship in Engineering Education at Purdue University from 2014 to 2019. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has conducted research in computational complexity theory, in professional ethics, and in engineering education. He is a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. Professor Loui was the editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017 and the executive editor of College Teaching from 2006 to 2012. He was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and the B.S. at Yale University in 1975.
Michael C. Loui was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pa., and he grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received the B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Yale University in 1975. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned the S.M. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1977, and the Ph.D. in computer science in 1980, with the support of a Hertz Foundation graduate fellowship. From 1981 to 2014, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2014 to 2019, he held the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship in Engineering Education at Purdue University.
At Illinois, Professor Loui regularly taught the introduction to electrical and computer engineering course for freshmen; undergraduate courses on computer hardware, systems programming, and professional ethics; and a graduate course on college teaching. He created courses on technology and society, distributed computing, formal methods, and computational complexity. He collaborated with colleagues to develop a course on digital technologies for students outside engineering and two half-hour movies that dramatize case studies in engineering ethics. He mentored students for the Leadership Certificate Program and led programs on professional ethics. He organized national workshops on teaching for new faculty in 1995 and 2000. At Purdue, Professor Loui taught graduate courses on engineering education and on academic writing.
Together with undergraduate and graduate students, Professor Loui conducted research in computational complexity theory, ethics in engineering and computing, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and engineering education. They studied optimal simulations between computational models, designed the first distributed election algorithm on complete networks, analyzed fault-tolerant consensus for shared memory systems, introduced informed consent into the theory of privacy, characterized students’ misconceptions in digital logic, assessed the outcomes of ethics instruction and peer-led team learning, and investigated the motivation and persistence of engineering students. Under Professor Loui’s supervision, twenty-three students have completed master’s theses, and nineteen have completed doctoral dissertations.
Professor Loui was an executive editor of College Teaching from 2006 to 2012, and the editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017. He currently serves on the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research, and as a member of the Advisory Group for the Online Ethics Center at the National Academy of Engineering. He previously served as an editor of Computing Reviews, an editor of Information and Computation, and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. He has reviewed research and graduate programs at six universities.
From 1990 to 1991, Professor Loui directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1996 to 2000, he was an associate dean of the Graduate College at Illinois, with administrative responsibility for all graduate academic programs on campus, and he was the campus’s research integrity officer for two years. At the Graduate College, he simplified the course approval procedure and started cross-training and annual performance reviews of the staff.
In 1995, Professor Loui won the campus’s Luckman Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2013, the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. In 2001, he was named a University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar. In 2003, he was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; in 2006, Fellow of the IEEE; and in 2018, Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.
From 2002 to 2014, Professor Loui directed the children’s choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign. He and his wife have two adult sons.
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Selected Awards and Honors
- Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership in Service, College of Engineering, Purdue University, 2019
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- Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education, 2018
- Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
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- William & Patricia Stacy Engineering Ethics Lectures, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2011, 2012
- Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
- King Broadrick-Allen Award, Campus Honors Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
- Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2006
- Visiting Scholar, Western Carolina University, 2006
- Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2003
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- University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
- Luckman Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995
- Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 1985
- Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984
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