Robert Hildebrand, assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has received the university's 2019 Sporn Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineering Subjects.

Sponsored by Virginia Tech's Student Engineers' Council, the Sporn Award for Teaching Undergraduate Engineering Subjects is presented annually to a Virginia Tech faculty member to recognize excellence in teaching engineering course work. Nominations are received from engineering students and finalists are selected by an executive committee of the Student Engineers' Council. Presentations on each finalist are made to the larger General Assembly of the Student Engineers' Council to determine the winner. Recipients are inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Students who nominated Hildebrand highly praised his personalized approach to teaching and his strong interest in the success of his students.

The award was established in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Philip J. Sporn. Dr. Sporn was a Virginia Tech alumnus and president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power Company.

Hildebrand obtained his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Davis in 2013 and his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in 2008.