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The University of Colorado has named a University of Colorado Boulder professor the new Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador, a position that advocates for K-12 and higher education.

Melinda Piket-May, an associate professor of electrical, computer and energy engineer at CU Boulder, won the ambassadorship, which pays $25,000 for each of the two years she will serve, according to a news release.

The ambassador holds presentations and workshops about education and learning for people like state lawmakers, educators, the CU system Board of Regents, the media and the general public. Faculty from across the CU system can apply for the position.

The award honors Klaus Timmerhaus, a faculty member of chemical and biological engineering at CU Boulder from 1953 to 1995 who advocated for teaching and provided a bequest to support the ambassadorship.

“I am honored to be recognized for my teaching and research and humbled by the work of Klaus Timmerhaus throughout his life,” Piket-May said in the release. “If I could create a perfect job for myself that drew on all my previous experiences, used my aggregate knowledge and sparked a passion in me, the work required for the Timmerhaus Ambassadorship Award is that job.”

Piket-May joined CU Boulder in 1993 and has served as president of the Pac-12 Academic Leadership Coalition, chair of the CU system Faculty Council and more, according to the release.

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