Dr. Allan Meltzer, 2009 winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Allan Meltzer, a political economy professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has received the Mensa Foundation's Distinguished Teacher Award, given to a teacher, professor or instructor at any educational level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member.

In his nomination essay about Dr. Meltzer, Mensa member Bob Beatty (also pictured) of Hilliard, Ohio, described how Meltzer advised him in 1958 to become familiar with computers, as they “would play a significant part in our future.” Later, Beatty went on to a career in computer programming, his profession from 1960 to 2000.

Dr. Meltzer has served as a consultant on economic policy for Congress, the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the U.S. and foreign governments. He served as Chairman, International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, U.S. Congress, from 1999-2000. Meltzer is also the author of several books and numerous papers on economic theory and policy, and a founder of the Shadow Open Market Committee. Since 1989, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

Dr. Meltzer earned an A.B. and M.A. in economics from Duke University and his Ph.D in economics from the University of California–Los Angeles. He received the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from UCLA in 1983; was named Man of the Year in Finance, Pittsburgh in 1995; received the Lifetime Achievement, Money Marketeers from NYU in 1997; and the Distinguished Fellow accreditation from the American Economic Association in 2002. He also is a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economists.

“When the awards committee received Bob Beatty’s nomination, we were blown away by Dr. Meltzer’s accomplishments in the economics field and his dedication to the teaching realm,” said Greg Timmers, President of the Mensa Education & Research Foundation. “The Distinguished Teacher award is given to those who have made a lasting impact on students, and Dr. Meltzer’s qualities and achievements mirror that.”