October 18, 2010




Innovative early-career engineering faculty Selected to Participate in

NAE's Second Frontiers of Engineering education Symposium


WASHINGTON – Fifty-three of the nation's most innovative young engineering educators have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's second Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium.  Early-career faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering 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 attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.


"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program creates 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.”


This year's program will focus on 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the chair of the FOEE planning committee.  “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 Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, Calif.


The following engineering faculty members were selected as attendees:


Robin Adams

Purdue University

Theodore Allen

Ohio State University

Brian Anderson

West Virginia University

Burcin Becerik-Gerber

University of Southern California

Brian Bingham

University of Hawaii

Paul Blowers

University of Arizona

Victor Breedveld

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sean Brophy

Purdue University

Shane Brown

Washington State University

Lisa Bullard

North Carolina State University

David Cappelleri

Stevens Institute of Technology

Solomon Diamond

Dartmouth College

Mario Eden

Auburn University

Mark Embree

Rice University

Deniz Erdogmus

Northeastern University

Michael Falk

Johns Hopkins University

Vinay Gupta

University of South Florida

William Hale

University of Arkansas

Robert Hampshire

Carnegie Mellon University

Jamie Hestekin

University of Arkansas

Anette Hosoi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bryan Huey

University of Connecticut

Ben-Tzion Karsh

University of Wisconsin

Michael Kessler

Iowa State University

Diana Lados

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Michel Maharbiz

University of California, Berkeley

Ellis Meng

University of Southern California

Melissa Micou

University of California, San Diego

Thomas Murphy

University of Maryland

Scott Olson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Matthew Parkinson

Pennsylvania State University

Rorik Peterson

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Stella Quinones

University of Texas at El Paso

Daniel Ratner

University of Washington

Florence Sanchez

Vanderbilt University

Veronica Santos

Arizona State University

Michael Scarpulla

University of Utah

Chris Schaffer

Cornell University

Michael Scott

University of Illinois at Chicago

Jeffrey Siegel

University of Texas at Austin

Kathleen Sienko

University of Michigan

Robert Siston

Ohio State University

Paul Sivilotti

Ohio State University

Christopher Swan

Tufts University

Johnna Temenoff

Georgia Institute of Technology

Raymond Tu

City College of New York

Kathleen Wage

George Mason University

Keisha Walters

Mississippi State University

Karen Willcox

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tao Xing

Tuskegee University

Mark Yeary

University of Oklahoma

Muhammad Zaman

Boston University

Katherine Ziemer

Northeastern University


The planning committee members of the 2010 symposium are:


Edward Crawley (Chair)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Diran Apelian

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Theresa Maldonado

Texas A&M University

Sheri Sheppard

Stanford University

Larry Shuman

University of Pittsburgh

Karl Smith

University of Minnesota/ Purdue University

Jacquelyn Sullivan

University of Colorado at Boulder


 The 2010 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.


Contacts:  Randy Atkins, Senior Media/Public Relations Officer

202-334-1508; atkins@nae.edu

Beth Cady, Associate Program Officer

202-334-2064; ecady@nae.edu

National Academy of Engineering