Karan Watson gives ASEE keynote talk on change in engineering education

Dr. Karan L. Watson, interim provost and executive vice president at Texas A&M University, gave a plenary talk at the 117th Annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition in Louisville, Ky.Dr. Karan L. WatsonWatson is also a Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In her talk - "Can We Accelerate the Rate of Change in Engineering Education?" - Watson acknowledged the reasons for changing engineering education and examined how to speed up the depth, breadth and pace of that change by applying lessons learned from educational reform and from organization cultural change.Watson was appointed to her current interim position in July 2009 and has served as vice provost since December 2008. She was previously dean of faculties and associate provost. She joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 1983. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and ASEE. Her awards and recognitions include the U.S. President's Awards for Mentoring Minorities and Women in Science and Technology; the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentoring Award, and the IEEE International Undergraduate Teaching Award.The ASEE Conference and Exhibition, held June 20-23, is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.