David Heimerdinger, assistant professor in agricultural engineering technology and manufacturing technology management at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is being recognized with the 2023 Outstanding Faculty/Instructional Academic Staff Academic Advisor Award.
After earning both his Bachelor of Science in agriculture education and Master of Science in industrial technology management with an emphasis in technology education from UW-Platteville, Heimerdinger started his career at the university in 2005.
After teaching in the industrial studies department for 15 years, he joined the School of Agriculture in 2020, splitting his time between agriculture and industrial studies. Over the years, Heimerdinger has advised students from various programs and continues to do so, currently advising construction management, industrial technology management, agribusiness, agricultural education and technology education students.
Heimerdinger said he doesn’t like to boast about himself and that it was humbling to be given an award of this level.
“Creating personal relationships with students is satisfying. I enjoy creating rapport with students and seeing them succeed,” said Heimerdinger. “It’s nice having the opportunity to visit with them at future events, such as career fairs.”
Over the past eight to nine years, Heimerdinger has been involved with the university advising steering committee. He has tried to promote a standard level of academic advising on campus and has helped develop training for those new to academic advising.
“The community we have here on campus is wonderful,” said Heimerdinger who added that the instructors and students are excellent and are very good people to work with.
Heimerdinger will be recognized at the UW-Platteville annual faculty and staff convocation on Thursday, August 31.