Engineering professor Brianno Coller – the 2015 Illinois Professor of the Year – had an epiphany when he was showing a NASA-produced video of a mission to Mars to a class.
Something shifted in the air. The students’ body language changed.
As the students watched the video of simulated spacecraft and Mars rover, they were engaged. Energized. “As soon as the video was over the moment was gone,” Coller said.
Coller followed in the footsteps of NIU Professor of Anthropology Dan Gebo, the Illinois Professor of the Year in 2014.