Tom O’Sullivan receives teaching award from IEEE-HKN honor society

Author: Karla Cruise


Thomas O’Sullivan, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2022 IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award “for contributions to creative and inclusive teaching and mentoring in electrical engineering and bioengineering.”

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) is an honor society that promotes excellence in the electrical engineering profession and in education. This award recognizes early-career engineering professors who have demonstrated special dedication and creativity in their teaching responsibilities.

O’Sullivan, an expert in biomedical optical sensing and imaging, joined the faculty in 2016 after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University and completing postdoctoral research at the University of California Irvine Beckman Laser Institute.

During his six years at Notre Dame, O’Sullivan has taught more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students, advised 12 Ph.D. students, mentored 15 undergraduate research assistants and advised two student groups. In 2019, he was recognized by graduating electrical engineering students with the Department of Electrical Engineering Teaching Award.

— Karla Cruise, College of Engineering