Lifelong Learning Award. Recognizes a faculty member rendering exceptional service to continuing education.

Kirk Beach

Lifelong Learning Award, Kirk Beach.

Department: Medical Engineering; 28 years at UW

Courses Taught: Ultrasound Physics, Chemical Reactor Design, Electrochemical Engineering

Achievements: A physician and engineer, Beach has helped to make the University of Washington's medical engineering program one of the foremost continuing education programs in the country. In 1996, he created the Master of Medical Engineering Evening Degree Program, which instructs students in fundamental biological disciplines and medical fields. In addition to teaching his own course, Beach has gone through each of the program's 11 courses and three term-length laboratories, allowing him to become a mentor to faculty as well as students.

Quote: "With diplomacy and dogged determination, Beach overcame a multitude of academe's territorial and bureaucratic obstacles, securing all the necessary approvals and funding (for his program)."
Shaun Bennett, UW Education Outreach

Degrees: B.S., UW, 1965; M.S., Cal-Berkeley, 1968; Ph.D., Cal-Berkeley, 1971; M.D., UW, 1976

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