Roger Gonzalez, Ph.D., has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s eighth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together to share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement at their home institution.
“It is an honor for me to be selected by the National Academy of Engineering and represent the many good things happening here at UTEP’s College of Engineering at the National Academy’s Frontiers of Engineering Education,” Gonzalez said. “Our new bachelor’s degree in engineering leadership is a model of excellence that is the first of its kind in the nation, taking engineering education to the next level for our UTEP students as we model what engineering the future is all about.”
The chair and professor of UTEP’s Engineering Education & Leadership Program joins a group of the nation’s most innovative engineering educators at the event Sept. 25-28 in Irvine, California. The attendees were nominated by NAE members and engineering deans and were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.
“The goal of the Frontiers of Engineering Education program is to strengthen U.S. innovation by nurturing and catalyzing the insights of education leaders on today’s 21st century engineering education needs,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “The program builds this community of engaged engineering educators as a resource committed to the preparation of engineering students for today’s engineering world.”
“With today’s unprecedented pace of technological advances and the significant challenges the world faces, engineering education plays a crucial role,” said Nadine Aubry, university distinguished professor and dean of the college of engineering at Northeastern University and chair of the FOEE advisory committee. “But it must reinvent itself in order to produce a larger and more diverse engineering workforce highly capable of innovation and value creation for society. The Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium provides a forum for creative engineering educators to generate novel approaches, share early implementation schemes, establish a national network, and serve as change agents in their home institutions.”