Honoring Professor Ted de Winter

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The College of Engineering has created the Endowed Ted de Winter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. The holder of this fellowship will be a faculty member at mid-career who has had an extraordinary impact on students through both teaching and mentoring. These discretionary funds can be used for research or teaching initiatives and goals. The Ted de Winter Distinguished Faculty Fellow will receive for five years an annual stipend derived from a portion of the income from the nearly $600,000 we have raised from so many generous alumni so far. After five years, we will solicit nominations for the next holder of the Ted de Winter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Over time, many generations of leading educators will have been honored by his name.

Ted de Winter is the most senior member of the College of Engineering’s faculty, with more than 50 years of teaching experience. Alumni from every generation and discipline in the College recall him with great fondness for the impact he has had on their lives, either through Manufacturing Engineering and Senior Design courses or his famous Engineering Economy course. The latter was taken by an extraordinary number of alumni and in many instances was the only exposure they had as undergraduates as to how the business side of product development works. Ted has had a deep devotion to working with students individually and in groups to help prepare them for the real world. He emphasized superb engineering skills with an array of professional and personal attributes to help them navigate life in general. He cared about insuring our students led fulfilling and successful lives and could impact society along the entire way.

During my tenure as Dean no one faculty member is recalled by more alumni wherever my travels may take me. Ted taught great engineering and taught great life skills and values.

The College started as a small undergraduate program, much of it at Logan Airport. It is remarkable that Ted de Winter’s teaching, advising and mentoring remained relevant and of high impact during the extraordinary changes the College has made since then.

Honoring Ted with this Faculty Fellowship named after him will insure that our very best faculty at teaching and student mentoring will forever be recognized as fulfilling the legacy and values of our dear colleague, Ted de Winter.

When we announced establishment of the Ted de Winter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Fund shortly after Ted stepped away from teaching in the spring, the response from alumni was immediate and impressive. While the fund has attained its initial goal of creating the fellowship, more can be done. If we raise additional funds the next goal is to convert the Distinguished Faculty Fellowship to the Ted de Winter Career Development Professorship (minimum required $1.25M), and our ultimate goal would be to convert to the Ted de Winter Full Professorship (minimum required $2.5M).

I invite all Engineering alumni to participate in honoring Professor Ted de Winter via donations to the Ted de Winter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Fund. Gifts of all levels are welcome.

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And, if you are one of Ted’s thousands of former students, you can let Ted know the impact he’s had on your life and career by writing your stories and memories on this webpage.

Sincere thanks for your consideration and interest. I know Ted would be touched by your generosity and thoughts and hopefully that so many wanted to help honor him.
Kenneth R. Lutchen
Dean, College of Engineering

PS – We are looking into the possibility of hosting a special gathering of all supporters sometime soon. More information to come.
For additional information, or if you would like to be a lead supporter with a multi-year pledge, please contact Lisa Drake, Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, at lfdrake@bu.edu.

Please use the form below to share a message with Professor de Winter.
This page will be updated with the messages as they come in.

  • Please share any stories, memories, or well-wishes that you have about Professor de Winter.

Dear Ted, although I was a student of yours -of sorts, simply on a broader scale – i.e., life, I would like to send you my sincere congratulation on receiving this recognition-and high honor from everyone whose life you’ve touched. I agree it is deeply deserved. I would Love to hear back from you. Even if most briefly, I was saddened to hear that you have not been well, and hope that in the interim you may be feeling better already.
Affectionately, Frauke

Teedeewee!! Hello Ted De Winter! I was honoured to be in your class freshman year. I adored your class, as we all did. My abiding memory is that you supported me in becoming freshman class president, which was a pretty amazing experience and a great way to get to know the university & faculty. Thank you so much for providing such a splash of colour to my freshman year. Your love of teaching shone through, and you should be very proud of your legacy. Lots of love, Marina Adams (Knausenberger) Now living in New Zealand :-)
Marina (Knausenberger), ENG ’93
I will never forget being in Engineering Economics with Prof. DeWinter. It was one of my most memorable classes in college. His guidance in things financial (investing, saving for retirement, etc) helped me to be in the position I am today. I also enjoy seeing him at BU Hockey games (he would sit a couple sections from me) and he would always smile and say Hi. Thank you for all that you gave to your students.
David Miller, ENG ’91, ’94

Congratulations on this lifelong achievement! It was truly a privilege to have had you as my professor for Engineering Economics. By relaying many of your real-life experiences as examples, you made that class not only enjoyable but also inspiring. A tremendous accomplishment considering the subject matter. Thank you and best wishes!
Richard Tom, ENG ’89

Easily one of my favorite professors. Prof. de Winter helped to shape my views on professional life in my Freshman year at BU. I still refer back to him when talking to mentoring others or talking to my co-workers. I took two classes with him but would stop by to visit every now and then during undergrad. I still try to visit when I am in town for work and am saddened that I will not be able to find him when I go there later this year. He made an indelible impression on Engineering Floor 9B (Warren Towers) back in 1991 who took his class in the Fall for Intro to Engineering Design. Get well soon Professor D!
Irving Roman Jr., ENG ’98

I took Professor de Winter’s Engineering Economy class during my senior year. He would say “Engineering Economy is bor-ing, but…” then go on to teach us more on the subject. He took a subject that could have been very boring, but made it very interesting. The fact that I still remember him and this class over 35 years later attests to the fact that it was indeed a very interesting and worthwhile course. I wish him the very best.
Michael Pulliam, ENG ’83
Prof de Winter was the person that had the most impact on me while at BU. He was the one that made us enjoy seeing the business side of engineering and the entrepreneurial dimension. I recall that his classes were the most fun to attend because of the real life stories/experiences that he always shared, but also because he made us think outside the box.

I still remember one of his quotes that I have carried with me and use it throughout my entrepreneurial career “Never think that you are smarter than the rest. The minute you do is the minute that you are dead in business” or something to this effect.

God bless you Prof de Winter for being always there for us inspiring us to be the best we can be and for challenging us to think differently.

Basim ALSAIE ENG, ’88 (from Bahrain)

Professor de Winter’s lectures were some of the most memorable from my years at BU. He spoke with a charisma and cadence that made it impossible to not listen to him. Every class involved a few, if not a dozen, comedic and useful anecdotes. de Winter took a genuine interest in his students; during my years there he took lunch at Myles Standish hall every Thursday just to give students more opportunities to sit with him. Thank you, de Winter!
Ken Hora, ENG ’11
Dear Professor DeWinter,
Thank you for taking a genuine interest in students like myself and making such difference in our lives. College can be a tumultuous time, and the engineering curriculum didn’t make life any easier. You always made a huge university seem small – in the best way. Your classes were the most fun because of the energy you brought. I am so grateful to you (and Stormy) always.
Brigitte Majewski , ENG ’93

Professor de Winter inspired me to become the best engineer I can be. His life story, teaching and just time sharing his insight and knowledge are some of my best experiences as a BU alum and former College of Engineering student. Prof. de Winter, Thank you for all the countless funny, engaging and thought provoking lectures at BU! Congrats on everything, and wish you the best in all your future plans. Saludos desde California, Ray
Raymond Taylor, ENG ’08

Professor de Winter,
First and foremost, congratulations on a fantastic career, you are an amazing man and an even more amazing educator! Back in the fall of 1987 you took time after an evening class of Engineering Economy with me and several of my also outspoken classmates to advise us that we should strongly consider positions in outside technical sales upon graduation. You specifically aided me in securing a sales position with Otis Elevator that I was offered prior to graduation. That advice and that first opportunity shaped my career and my life in ways that I will never be able to thank you for. I have had a rich and fulfilling career in sales, management and am now an executive in a private equity backed firm responsible for M&A. All of those accomplishments are directly attributed to you, your advice and your guidance that evening in 1987. Thank you for going above and beyond.

Tim Riedel, ENG ’88

Professor… It’s been almost 36 years since I graduated, but you are the only professor I still remember today! Your principles, attitude and instruction are the biggest thing I got in my Engineering degree that have stood the test of time that I still use today in my professional and personal lives. ‘People don’t want to know how much you know, until they know how much you care.’ Thank you for the great start you gave me and so many others!
Larry McCreary, ENG ’82

When I first came to BU as an undecided freshmen, I attended classes of different majors to see what I liked. I went to the College of ENG to see if I could go to an engineering class. I was told to go to one of Prof. de Winter’s Introduction to Engineering modules. De Winter’s funny stories and real life anecdotes completely captured my attention. His passion for engineering and problem solving clicked with me, and I finally felt engaged and challenged in a class. That afternoon, I called my mom back in Venezuela and told her about my experience. I told her every detail of the class and how the professor had inspired and challenged me in ways no other class or professor had at the time. She was really excited that I’d found something that I liked and started asking more. My stories started to seem familiar to her. Turns out my mom (ENG’83’84), my uncle (ENG’85) and my dad (Wentworth’85) had all taken classes with De Winter! She then told me her De Winter memories and how he was the perfect, approachable mentor that I needed to make a decision about my major. I met with De Winter multiple times after that and declared engineering as my major shortly after. De Winter not only inspired me to be an engineer but also allowed me to share my BU experience with my family. As a lost freshmen, thousands of miles from home, this was important to me. Thank you De Winter!
Isabella Passaro, ENG ’16

I was a computer systems engineering major, far removed from the manufacturing eng. department where Prof. DeWinter spent most of his time. Still, when I heard about how useful his engineering economics class was, I overloaded my course schedule so I could enroll. This proved to be one of the single most useful courses I took. On top of all of that, Professor DeWinter always took time to answer my questions, mentor me in office hours, even spending TONS of time coaching me on my interviews that year for internships. He was one of the reasons I got the job at Microsoft where I started my career. I always remember Prof. DeWinter as one of the people who constantly reinforced my decision to study engineering. He’a a phenomenal teacher and mentor and I’m so happy to have had the chance to learn from him. Prof. DeWinter, thanks so much for everything!
George Matthews, ENG ’07

It was always hard, in the classroom or anywhere else for that matter, to be funnier than Prof. de Winter. Whether it be one of his brief quips or an elaborate story, it usually elicited a laugh from the crowd. However, for a brief moment in time – ~2min to be precise – I’m proud to say I ‘upped’ him with a quip of my own in the classroom which I remember fondly to this day: One of Prof de Winter’s many pieces of advice he conveyed to his students is, ‘if you’re ever working in a union environment, never ever utter the word ‘strike’ under any circumstance as it’ll result in you having to deal with a world of [insert de Winter colloquialism].’ Well, one day in class a student contributed something during a colorful discussion that elicited a terse response from Prof. de Winter: “NO…in fact, strike that young man’s comments from the record!” I promptly and loudly piped in, “did someone say STRIKE?”. The classroom, including Prof de Winter, erupted in laughter. After class, on my way out, I even got a, “nice one Stone!” from the man himself. Suffice it to say, I was proud! Ted, thank you for mentoring me for 7 years of my life while at BU. Even more importantly, thank you for my foundation of knowledge that is and will continue to serve me well in my career. I only feel bad for those young students today who won’t get to walk into your office and absorb the knowledge and humor you’re so well known for. All the best, Jonathan Stone ENG ‘01

“If you have the best idea in the world but you can’t convince someone to invest in it, or explain to someone how to make it, then it will remain just an idea” – Professor de Winter Words that have stuck with me since freshman year that help me in my career and in life.
Brian Gaudet, ENG ’17

Thank you for always displaying your passion for teaching and mentoring. I send you my best wishes! I hope that you get well soon.
Alejandra Flores, ENG ’18

I first met Professor de Winter my freshman year and found myself in and out of his office for the ten years I lived in Boston. He was the first teacher that made me realize that going to office hours wasn’t only for getting additional help on coursework, but also to just chat about anything from sports to politics to life advice. It was his advice of always taking advantage of employer perks that drove me to come back and get my Master’s while making use of my employer’s tuition assistance. I learned more about investments and 401k contributions in his engineering classes than I have from business courses and lectures. While he won’t be physically teaching at the school anymore, I continue to learn everyday from the lessons he taught me years ago; most importantly that it’s OK to be a Yankees fan in Boston, just don’t broadcast it.
Paul Vizzio, ENG ’10