Co-Founder of Techsplorers and Professor Emeritus at Duke University
Dr. Ybarra has dedicated his life to promoting, enhancing, and revolutionizing science and engineering education at all levels -- Kindergarten through PhD. In addition to his decade of service as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the ECE Department at the Pratt School of Engineering, Dr. Ybarra has created several national-scale engineering education programs.
In 2010, Dr. Ybarra was honored with the Samuel Dubois Cook Award for his efforts to improve science and engineering education for underrepresented minorities and young women.
Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, Dr. Tom Katsoules, wrote:
Dear Pratt Community,
In my last dean's memo of the year, I'm pleased to have great news to share. Gary Ybarra, Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive a Sammuel DuBois Cook Award.
Gary was recognized as an individual who exemplifies the qualities that Sammuel Cook sought to instill in his students and colleagues at Duke, specifically, a deep belief in the human potential regardless of circumstance.
As you know, Gary is the driving force behind Engineering K-Ph.D. This is a suite of student education and teacher training programs designed to encourage students to excel in science, technology, math and engineering fields.
We estimate that his programs impact as many as 40,000 students each year. In addition, Gary has been an outstanding Director of Undergraduate Studies for his department.
Congratulations on this well deserved recognition, Gary.