Professor Hennings Receives IEEE Award

Excellence in Electrical Engineering & Technology Education

On April 8, 2010, John Hennings, Professor of Electrical Engineering, received the IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Long Island Section’s award for Excellence in Electrical Engineering and Technology Education.

The Athanasios Papoulis award is given annually to an educator either living or working within Nassau or Suffolk counties; Professor Hennings was nominated for this award by the Webb Student Chapter of IEEE, which was  formed in 2009 under the leadership of students Jacob Genauer, Simmy Willemann, and Don Rickerson.  The citation on the award reads “For Innovative Teaching of Electrical Engineering and Dedication to Student Development,” and a number of students and administration were present to see the award ceremony.

Prof. Hennings is a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at Webb, and has served in this capacity from 1990 to the present; he is also a retired officer in the Naval Reserve.  He taught Electrical Engineering in the Marine Engineering Department at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York from 1985 to 1990 and continues to teach there as an adjunct Professor.  His first teaching experience was as a lecturer at Queensborough Community College from 1973 to 1985.  He holds the distinction of being the first graduate of Queensborough’s Electrical Technology Department to ever go on to teach in that department.

Prof. Hennings is an avid fisherman and also enjoys reading and listening to various types of music, including jazz and classical.  He is a member of ASEE, ASNE and the IEEE.  He is also a member of Tau Alpha Pi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.  He is a past recipient of the Prosser Award for Service to the Regiment, USMMA, 1988 and the McNaulty Award for Distinguished Teaching, USMMA, 1990.