Chamberland, Criscione and Ugaz selected for NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium

Three professors from Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering were selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. The symposium, which includes 72 of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators, is scheduled for Oct. 14-17 in Irvine, Calif.

Selected from the Look College were: Dr. Jean-Francois Chamberland, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Dr. John C. Criscione, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Dr. Victor Ugaz, an associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.

"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program creates 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 want 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.”

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.

This year's program will focus on innovations in the context, curriculum, and delivery of engineering education.

“It is absolutely critical that U.S. engineering educators learn how to become more effective in the classroom, utilizing technology and pedagogy in creative ways in order to produce more innovative graduates who have the ability to address the complex problems of the 21st century,” said Larry Shuman, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Service Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and the chair of the FOEE planning committee.  “To do otherwise will cede the nation’s place as an educational leader to other, more aggressive countries.  At FOEE these outstanding faculty will learn about the newest educational developments ranging from MOOCs (massive, open, online, courses) to online publishing.”