Baker dean named educator of the year

FLINT — Anca Sala, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering at Baker College, has been named 2016 Educator of the Year by HI-TEC, the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference. She will receive the award at the 2016 conference Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 25-28, 2016.

Sala was recognized for her diverse and dedicated work toward building the infrastructure of photonics education. She is one of the nation’s leading high-technology educators and innovators in the development of college programs in photonics, optics and photonics.

“Dr. Sala is an extraordinary educator and academician who is committed to building a national workforce of highly qualified photonics technologists,” said Bart Daig, Ph.D., Baker College System president and CEO. “She is a leader at the cutting edge in this area of education. Students benefit from her commitment to offer training that meets workforce demand for photonics technicians in numerous industries, higher education and research.”

The award is presented to a community or technical college faculty member who has made significant contributions to the education and training of today’s advanced technological workforce. The recipient must have demonstrated impact on technology education both locally and nationally.

HI-TEC cited Sala’s work in the following areas that support her selection as the 2016 Educator of the Year:

Sala is a principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) project grant, for which she developed and implemented an associate degree program in optics and photonics. That associate degree program was launched at Baker College’s Flint campus in 2013.

For more information about engineering and technology programs at Baker College, contact Kevin Pnacek in the admissions office at 810-766-4000 or or visit

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