His dedication to teaching and creating new programs has provided students an improved flexibility to expand their education through double majoring and facilitated their pathways to success.
For his efforts, he is being recognized with the university’s most prestigious faculty award, the Center for Excellence in teaching.
“He took me into his office with open arms, sat with me for about an hour and a half, and helped me with my assignment,” said Simona Panno ’20, a member of our School of Engineering’s honor’s society. “From that point forward, we built an awesome relationship and he is still one of my favorite engineering professors — and I never even had him as an actual professor.”
One of the guiding principles Blake stands by is to promote comfort for his students.
“Professor Blake understands that being put on the spot can induce anxiety and cause students to shut down," said Madeline LePage ’21. "He genuinely wants to provide an ideal learning environment.”
Blake was also commended for his continued effort to meet students at their level of understanding.