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ISU’s Chiu selected to participate in National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Posted September 27, 2013

Idaho State University Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Steve Chiu, was one of 73 of the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium.

Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the 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 symposium will be held Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.

"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program gives top university faculty a special opportunity to engage together and critique new, innovative teaching techniques," said NAE President Dan Mote. "Collaborations among these education experts are vital to developing new teaching practices for all engineering faculty who will prepare engineering students for the problems of our time."

"It is traditional that the training of Ph.D. students heavily emphasizes research and unfortunately often glosses over their role as future educators. FOEE helps to address this imbalance by supporting faculty as they learn about and use evidence-based practices in the design and implementation of innovative courses and curricula," said Stephen W. Director, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University and Chair of the FOEE Advisory Committee. "Through this forum our engineering faculty are empowered to create the conditions to meaningfully engage engineering students in innovation and entrepreneurship to meet 21st century challenges, and are encouraged to be agents of change at their home institutions."

The 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by John McDonnell and the McDonnell Family Foundation. The National Academy of Engineering, an independent, nonprofit organization, was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. Part of its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE, along with the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.

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