John Patton, Ph.D., assistant professor in Trine University’s Jim and Joan Bock Department
of Biomedical Engineering, was recently honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award
presented annually by the university’s Christian Campus House (CCH).
The award, which is voted on by the CCH senior class, was scheduled to be presented
during the organization’s annual banquet on March 28. The banquet was canceled due
to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, the organization presented the award to Patton during its regular Tuesday
Night Worship on Sept. 8.
“Dr. Patton challenges you to not only be a good student, but inspires you to be a
good person,” said Ashley Hale, a biomedical engineering student who graduated with
the Class of 2020. “He always encourages us to see the beauty in things around us
and teaches about more than cells and tissues, but about the grit and passion it takes
to be successful. He is also invests in his students’ lives, not just with encouraging
words, but by actions, such as going ice skating with us, being our special guest
at BME Thanksgiving, hosting a cookout for all the BMEs, and supporting his students
by attending events.”
Patton joined Trine in 2014 after a long career in industry and research, serving
with companies such as Phillips Petroleum, Exxon and GlycoMimetics Corporation.
He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University, a Master of Science
in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Bachelor of Science
in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
CCH seeks to help Trine University better the student community as a whole by creating
a ministry that serves their spiritual needs.
Photo: From left, Emily Clark and Katie Kline, members of the Trine University Class of 2020;
John Patton, Ph.D., assistant professor in Trine University's Jim and Joan Bock Department
of Biomedical Engineering; and Travis Wilhelm, lead campus minister for Christian
Campus House (CCH) at Trine University. CCH presented Patton with its annual Distinguished
Faculty Award on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Last Updated: 09/09/2020