Andrew Bartolini honored with Thomas P. Madden Award for teaching of first-year students

Andrew Bartolini, director of the First-Year Engineering Program and assistant teaching professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, has received Notre Dame’s Thomas P. Madden Award.

The Madden Award honors that member of the faculty who contributed the most to the teaching of first-year students. Nominations are submitted by first-year students and first-year advising faculty.

Bartolini manages the largest course in the College of Engineering, the first-year sequence of Engineering Design and Engineering Computing. He supervises a seven to eight-person instructor staff and over a dozen student assistants. He also develops programming for prospective and admitted students and advises the Notre Dame Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

According to the citation that accompanies the award, Bartolini “… works tirelessly to support both the faculty and students in the first-year sequence of courses. He tackles the challenge of developing course content for students of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and preparation levels, while somehow making this large class seem small and personal. He inspires students to see the purpose of engineering.”

In addition to his teaching, Bartolini conducts research on engineering education with a focus on enhancing students’ academic success and assisting them in discerning areas of study that match their interests.  He joined the civil engineering faculty at Notre Dame in 2018. 

— Karla Cruise, Notre Dame Engineering