Henry Zwick wins national honors
USU Eastern math instructor Henry Zwick is the recipient of the Dr. William T. Guy Jr. Distinguished Educator and Service Award.
Guy was a mathematics professor at the University of Austin in Texas for 60 years. It is with this legacy that the American Society for Engineering Education created this award.
Zwick has more than 30 years of teaching math, computer science and engineering in his background. He usually teaches five classes each semester, but occasionally offers six or seven.
He knew in elementary school that he wanted to be a teacher. He first thought he would teach chemistry, then changed to math, back to chemistry, then to physics and finally settled on math.
Growing up in Chicago, Ill., Zwick completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern Illinois University before heading west to a drier climate for graduate school in math at the University of Idaho in Moscow. He says he hates humidity.
His first job was at Utah State University in Logan where he was hired as a math lecturer. After three years, he left to teach two years at Northland Pioneer College in Show Low, Ari.
Graduate school beckoned and Zwick headed for University of Idaho in Moscow where he earned a master's degree in computer science. He thought this major would make him more marketable. His next stops were teaching at Washington State and Ferris State.
In 1990, he was hired in the College of Eastern Utah math and computer science departments where he has served under five presidents.
Many of his students have gone on to earn master's degrees and doctorates in math, CS and engineering.
Zwick says he still loves to learn. "I enjoy most of my students and look forward to fall semester starting each year. I enjoy all the classes I teach and do the best job I can do."