The Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education

Project Status
In Progress
February 06, 2018
National Science Foundation
  • Feb122018
    Feb 12 2018
    Advance registration for this event is now closed. Contact  Ken Jarboe  (  if you are interested in attending. A workshop sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering Traditionally, engineering faculty are expected to contribute to and be evaluated ...
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sep182017
    Sep 18 2017 Workshop on Engineering Student Grand Challenges Competition
    During the NAE Workshop on the "Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education" in January 2017, a number of participants expressed a strong interest in exploring the idea of creating a "Joint-Society" student challenge that encourages ...
    University of Southern California
  • Jan262017
    Jan 26 2017 - Jan 27 2017 Workshop on Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education
    The National Academy of Engineering is holding a Workshop on the Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education. Participants will share insights, learn what others are doing, and scope out possible collaborations at the 1½-day workshop on January 26–27 ...
    Keck Center
    Washington, DC
Project Sponsor
National Science Foundation
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Key Contacts
  • Kenan Jarboe
    Senior Program Officer, Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation
    National Academy of Engineering

Professional engineering societies can play an important role in building the capacity of the field. This goal is often approached through efforts to improve and make more accessible the educational opportunities available to those in or wishing to gain entry to the profession. Among many roles, professional engineering societies may provide continuing education opportunities to their members, set and maintain professional standards, help clarify the knowledge and skill base needed by those practicing in the field, and serve as a bridge between employers and schools of engineering. These efforts, along with those by industry, federal agencies, and institutions of higher education, help build and sustain a viable engineering workforce.

This National Science Foundation-funded project takes an in-depth look at the extent and nature of professional engineering societies’ contributions to improving the quality and effectiveness of US undergraduate engineering education. The project also provides an opportunity for the societies and other stakeholders, such as universities and industry, to share their insights, learn what others are doing, make new contacts, and scope out possible collaborations.

The first phase of the project involved data collection and analysis. This included a literature review of the relevant research and a staff analysis of information on engineering societies’ websites about what they are doing in undergraduate engineering education. The core of this phase of the project was a survey of engineering societies with follow-up interviews to gain a better understanding the societies’ undergraduate education activities.

The analysis served a background for a national workshop on January 26 and 27, 2017. Over 80 academics and engineering societies officials came together to discuss issues and share ideas on undergraduate engineering education. Discussions were kicked off by 22 “lightning” presentations from 14 societies highlighting their educational programs and activities. Proceedings of that workshop were published in December.

In the next phase, the project will conduct five regional meetings based on topic identified as important in the workshop. The first of these was held on September 18, 2017 at the University of Southern California to explore the possibility of a competition for undergraduate students based on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. A summary of the discussions will be published shortly.

The second in this series of follow-up workshops is tentatively scheduled for February 12, 2018 on the campus of Georgia Tech. The topic of that workshop will be the role of societies in defining “impact” on the engineering profession as criteria for assessing faculty success.

Information on other meeting will be posted as they are scheduled.