Public Release:  NAE's First Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

National Academy of Sciences

WASHINGTON - Forty-nine of the nation's brightest young engineering researchers and educators have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) first Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Engineering faculty members in the first half of their careers who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of disciplines will come together for the 2-1/2-day event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program will create a unique venue for engineering faculty members to share and explore interesting and effective innovations in teaching and learning," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "We intend for FOEE to become a major force in identifying, recognizing, and promulgating advances and innovations in order to build a strong intellectual infrastructure and commitment to 21st-century engineering education."

The program will focus on effective ways to ensure that students learn the engineering fundamentals, the expanding knowledge base of new technology, and the skills necessary to be an effective engineer or engineering researcher. "In our increasingly global and competitive world, the United States needs to marshal its resources to address the strategic shortfall of engineering leaders in the next decades," said Edward F. Crawley, Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT, and chairman of the first FOEE. "By holding this event, we have recognized some of the finest young engineering educators in the nation, and will better equip them to transform the educational process at their universities."

The symposium will be held Nov. 15-18 in Herndon, Va.

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The following engineering faculty members were selected as participants:

Edward Berger University of Virginia
Mary Besterfield-Sacre University of Pittsburgh
Surita Bhatia University of Massachusetts
Jay Brockman University of Notre Dame
Cordelia Brown Purdue University
Shane Brown Washington State University
Winslow Burleson Arizona State University
Richard Cassady University of Arkansas
Brianno Coller Northern Illinois University
Monica Cox Purdue University
Frank Fisher Stevens Institute of Technology
Eric Freudenthal University of Texas, El Paso
Elizabeth Gerber Northwestern University
Margret Hjalmarson George Mason University
Lisa Huettel Duke University
Kathleen Issen Clarkson University
Jennifer Karlin South Dakota School of Mines
Andrew Kean California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Caitlin Kelleher Washington University in St. Louis
Daniel Kirk Florida Institute of Technology
Xenofon Koutsoukos Vanderbilt University
Gul Kremer Pennsylvania State University
Tanya Kunberger Florida Gulf Coast University
Ted Lee University of Southern California
Krishna Madhavan Purdue University
Sharad Malik Princeton University
Hazel Marie Youngstown State University
Margaret Martonosi Princeton University
Christina Mastrangelo University of Washington
Jennifer Maynard University of Texas
Joseph McCarthy University of Pittsburgh
Ann McKenna Northwestern University
Joanna Millunchick University of Michigan
Todd Murphey Northwestern University
Roseanna Neupauer University of Colorado
Eric Perreault Northwestern University
David Ricketts Carnegie Mellon University
William Riddell Rowan University
Susan Roberts University of Massachusetts
William Rosehart University of Calgary
Julia Ross University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ann Rundell Purdue University
Dirk Schaefer Georgia Institute of Technology
Jen Schneider Colorado School of Mines
Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani Missouri University of Science and Technology
Jonathan Weaver University of Detroit Mercy
Charles Werth University of Illinois
Lisa Zidek Florida Gulf Coast University
Julie Zimmerman Yale University

The planning committee members of the 2009 symposium are:

Edward Crawley Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jack Lohmann Georgia Institute of Technology
Deirdre Meldrum Arizona State University
Barbara Olds Colorado School of Mines
Michael Richey The Boeing Co.
Sheri Sheppard Stanford University
Karl Smith University of Minnesota/ Purdue University

The 2009 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by the O'Donnell Foundation.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.

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