Conference Focuses on Engineering Education in a Global Context

Two UC Riverside engineering faculty members present novel technological approaches to teaching and evaluation.

Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, speaking at the American Society for Engineering Education conference.

Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, speaking at the American Society for Engineering Education conference.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – More than 100 educators from the Pacific Southwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education gathered at the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside April 18-20, 2013, to share innovative approaches to recruiting, retaining and educating students in engineering.

The theme for the annual conference was “Engineering Education in a Global Context” and presentations covered a variety of topics, including giving U.S. students the tools to operate in a multicultural, global context; generating interest among young people in engineering as an educational and career path; retaining students who choose that path; engaging traditionally underrepresented groups; and using innovative technology and techniques in the classroom and online to understand and ensure student success.

“The conference showcased the energy and dedication that our members are demonstrating every day in improving engineering education,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, member of the ASEE-PSW executive board, and chair of the conference. “With demand outstripping the supply of qualified engineers in our nation and throughout the world, addressing these issues is essential to the quality of life for future generations. Our economy is driven by innovation and engineers are the source of that innovation.”

The High Tech Education working group of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness reported that in order for the U.S. to remain competitive in the global marketplace, it must increase the number of engineering and computer science graduates it produces.

Bourns College of Engineering Professors Frank Vahid (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), Tom Stahovich (Department of Mechanical Engineering), and their research teams presented novel technological approaches to teaching and evaluation.

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. In pursuit of academic excellence, ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities.

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