Frontiers of Engineering Education Participants Announced


Innovative early-career engineering faculty Selected to Participate in NAE's first Frontiers of Engineering education Symposium

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, 2009 in Herndon, Va.

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.