E.F. Charles LaBerge has developed a reputation as an educator who is passionate about not only teaching engineering principles, but also providing students experiences showing how to integrate the principles into their daily lives. He is particularly passionate about helping new students navigate UMBC, and has long taught the Introduction to an Honors University course and in the First Year Seminars and Summer Bridge programs. In 2020, LaBerge received the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2018, he was the inaugural recipient of the College of Engineering and Information Technology Award for Teaching Excellence. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UMBC.