DTC Dean nominated for state award

One of Denmark Technical College's faculty was honored recently on the state level.
Dr. Ambrish Lavania, the dean of the industrial and related technology department at DTC, was nominated as one of the Governor's Professors of the Year. At DTC, the industrial and related technology department includes such fields as electromechanical engineering, electronics technology, welding, plumbing and computer repair.
The S.C. Governor's Professor of the Year awards this year garnered 37 nominations statewide. This year's honoree for two-year colleges was Dr. Becky Boone, a professor of anatomy, physiology and microbiology at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway.
"I felt very excited," Lavania said of the nomination. "It was a surprise - but nice. I like teaching. When I see students learning from my teaching, it encourages me. In my classes, I push my students to the limit. They like the challenges. It relates to what they do and it makes me feel good."
This is the first time Lavania had been nominated for the award. He has been teaching at DTC for 16 years. Lavania received his doctorate from N.C. State University.
Lavania, whose hometown is Varanasi, India, comes from a family of teachers as his father and grandfather taught too, he said.
Lavania teaches computer aided drafting, the hydraulics and pneumatic course as well as classes in electrical machinery and statics, a physics course on forces.
"Although Dr. Lavania was not selected as the Professor of the Year this time, it was an honor just for him to be nominated. Dr. Lavania is a student-centered instructor here at DTC. He is always looking at ways to engage a student's interest further in presenting a subject," said Dr. Michael M. Townsend Sr., DTC president.
Townsend and Dr. Ashok Kabisatpathy, DTC vice president of institutional planning, research and development, attended the Nov. 4 honorary luncheon with Lavania in Columbia.
The S.C. Commission on Higher Education sponsors the annual educator awards.