Jacobs, Schwartz invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in November

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs  and Dr. Cris SchwartzDr. Timothy J. Jacobs (pictured on the left) and Dr. Cris Schwartz, assistant professors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, have been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium Nov. 13-16 at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif.

The Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward and promote effective, substantive and inspirational engineering education. Invited faculty members are actively teaching in U.S. engineering programs and have recently implemented significant innovations in their classes. Attendees will participate in discussions and workshops focused on applying pedagogies to student learning of engineering fundamentals, as well as personal, interpersonal and professional skills.

Participants will present new approaches they are taking to classroom, laboratory, project, experiential, computer-based or other modes of preparing engineering students to work and lead in the 21st century. They will discuss the current and evolving contexts that should shape engineering and engineering education.

Jacobs came to Texas A&M in 2006 after earning bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His reseach interests are in internal combustion engines; in-cylinder combustion and emission formation processes; fundamental experimental diagnostics and investigations; advanced and novel combustion processes (low-temperature combustion, homogenous charge compression ignition, premixed compression ignition); alternative fuels (natural/compressed/landfill gases, bio-based fuels, hydrogen); and aftertreatment systems (lean NOx traps, selective catalytic reducers, diesel oxidation catalysts).

Schwartz joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 2006. He holds bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. Schwartz's research interests are in artificial joints; modeling of soft tissues; protection of skin from shear injuries; active biomaterials; biotribology; polymerst; tribological composites; tissue engineering; life-cycle engineering design; design education; and manufacturing of biomedical devices.

More information on the FOEE symposium can be found online.