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Civil engineering professor Dr. Ned Burns earns only University-wide undergraduate teaching endowment

     Dr. Ned H. Burns, the Zarrow Centennial Professor in Engineering, director of the Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory and professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected as the 1996-97 William David Blunk Memorial Professor. The honor is one of the more unique faculty endowments in the country because it is awarded for a single year, and because it stresses undergraduate teaching.

     Recipients must demonstrate an outstanding record both of undergraduate teaching and of concern for undergraduates as evidenced through advising and general guidance given to students.

     "Student remarks in Dr. Burns' course evaluations show respect for his knowledge of the subject and course content, his excellence in technical communication, and his personal attention to the students," noted Dr. C. Michael Walton, professor of civil engineering. "They rank him frequently as the best teacher they have had at The University." The Blunk professorship was established in 1977 as a tribute to Bill Blunk, longtime director of the Parents' Association who served in the Development Offices of UT Austin and the UT System for almost 30 years until his death in 1976. The endowment was created through the efforts of the UT System Chancellor's Council, the University Development Board, the Dads' Association, and The University of Texas Foundation.