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Sousa and Berthaume Chosen for Engineering Education Workshop

Angela Berthaume

Andrew Sousa

Two College of Engineering students, senior Andrew Sousa of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and graduate student Angela Berthaume of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, have been accepted for an National Science Foundation sponsored project to bring about transformative changes to engineering curricula, pedagogy, and academic culture. The workshop is entitled “Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering” (TUEE). 

TUEE is multi-phase, multi-year sequence of meetings designed to develop a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that next-generation engineering graduates should possess and the changes in curricula, pedagogy, and academic culture that will be needed to instill those qualities.

The first phase of the project was designed to hear the voice of the primary customer – employers. The American Society of Engineering Education hosted a two-day workshop in the spring of 2013 that brought together industry and academic representatives for an intensive exploration of the KSAs needed in engineering. Participants identified 36 KSAs that will be expected from engineering professionals in the coming years (detailed results are available at http://www.asee.org/TUEE_PhaseI_WorkshopReport.pdf).

In the Phase II workshop (planned for April 10 and 11, 2015, in the Washington, DC, metro area), invited students will be asked for their views on the strengths and weaknesses of the current chronological curricula structure and teaching methodologies. The aim of these discussions will be to contribute to better understanding student perspectives on two key questions:

  • How can the culture of engineering education better adjust to the strengths of individual engineering students?
  • How can the engineering education experience be transformed into an exciting program of study that will draw in and motivate students, thereby reducing the need for requiring massive recruitment initiatives and retention programs?

Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. (November 2014)