UWM at Washington County Chemistry Professor Receives LEC Curriculum Innovation Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Mohamed Ayoub for receiving the LEC Curriculum Innovation Award!

This award is part of the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Curriculum Innovation Grant program. The grant program is designed to foster a larger community of UWM faculty, instructors and staff who are integrating themes of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship into their courses. Faculty or instructors selected will receive the following support for 12 months:

  • Professional development grant (up to $5,000) for participation in selected faculty development workshops supporting curriculum innovation activities;
  • Discretionary support (course buy-out, summer support, materials & supplies) (up to $5,000);
  • Curriculum design and implementation coaching from LEC staff or affiliated faculty; and
  • If instructors are applying for track (2) – the discretionary support from two applicants can be combined for a course buy-out for one of the applicants to enable co-teaching opportunities.

Dr. Mohamed Ayoub is currently the Professor of Chemistry at the UWM at Washington County campus. Professor Ayoub’s research includes micelle catalysis, laser spectroscopy investigating excited state complexes, and imaging individual DNA molecules during gel electrophoresis using epifluorescence microscopy.  His current research focuses on using electronic structure methods and energy decomposition analysis studying weakly bonded dimers with emphasis on hydrogen bonding using natural bond orbital techniques. Dr. Ayoub’s primary goal is developing infrastructure material, which incorporates molecular calculations across the undergraduate curriculum.  He organized three chemistry mini symposia that aim to introduce the best available wavefunction technology to undergraduate Chemistry faculty in Wisconsin and beyond and he was the chair of the University of Wisconsin System Chemistry Faculties Meeting in 2005.

Professor Ayoub has been the advisor for an active Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Club at the UWM at Washington County since 2000 with over 250 invited speakers from academia, research laboratories, industry, and businesses. He enjoys reading novels, poetry, and spending quality time with family.