RMC Engineering Professor to Receive Award for Teaching Excellence

Nicholas Vlachopoulos, a professor of civil engineering at Royal Military College, has been chosen to receive the Class of '65 Award for Teaching Excellence. (Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network)
Publication Date 
17 Oct 2018

The following article is about a former Engineer Officer, Major Nicholas Vlachopoulos, PhD, CD, P.Eng.  His retirement biography can be read at https://cmea-agmc.ca/nicholas-vlachopoulos.

Reprinted from the Kingston Whig-Standard by Steph Crosier 16 Oct 18

A civil engineering professor will be awarded an award of excellence in teaching after being nominated by his students.

Nicholas Vlachopoulos, a professor of civil engineering at Royal Military College, said he is very humbled to have been nominated and chosen by the selection committee to receive the Class of ’65 Award for Teaching Excellence.

“It’s a rewarding experience to know that you’re getting through to students,” Vlachopoulos said on Tuesday.

The award was created in 1989 and is supported by the RMC class of 1965. It was created to celebrate the class’s 25th anniversary reunion in 1990. The university’s students are encouraged to nominate a professor, then a selection committee chooses a winner. The winner receives a plaque and $5,000 for their “exemplary concern for students, dedication to teaching, enthusiasm in lecturing” and their “ability to stimulate learning,” reads the award’s website.

Vlachopoulos was announced the winner of the award at the school’s 2018 convocation in May, though he wasn’t able to attend. He was away doing research in Goose Bay, N.L.

“I was extremely happy to have heard that but also at the same time very honoured that the selection committee chose me,” Vlachopoulos said. “Then it comes down to the students. Students that saw it fit to nominate me.

“They took the time to put together the application to put my name forward. Above and beyond all the things that the students have to do, this was an extra effort for them.”

Vlachopoulos has been teaching at RMC on and off since 2001 and full time since 2011.

“Like any professor, I feel very privileged, extremely privileged to be able to teach undergraduate and graduate students and to have the flexibility of being able to teach what I research,” Vlachopoulos said. “Again, I think it’s a privilege. I wake up every morning extremely happy to go into class and to be in front of the students. To be able to provide then with an excellent, high-quality education.

“Students keep me young, they keep me motivated, they keep me on my toes for sure.”

He will be presented the award on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Curry Hall at RMC. At the ceremony, Vlachopoulos will also give a lecture that is open to the public.

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