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Ohio State Engineering Faculty Selected for Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Three Ohio State engineering faculty members have been selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, to be held December 13-16 in Irvine, California. The symposium, being held for just the second time, is designed to provide young educators with opportunities to share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution.

Ohio State faculty members Theodore Allen, associate professor in integrated systems engineering; Robert Siston, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Paul Sivilotti, associate professor in computer science and engineering were chosen because of their innovative educational approaches to teaching.

"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 the program 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 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. The 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by the O’Donnell Foundation.