UGA’s Woodson selected for National Academy of Engineering symposium

Brock WoodsonBrock Woodson, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Engineering, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s seventh Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. The NAE says only 70 of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators received an invitation to the event.

Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the symposium, 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 NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium will be held Oct. 25-28 in Irvine, Calif.

“The Frontiers of Engineering Education program brings together top university faculty to explore preparing engineers for the world’s great engineering challenges,” said NAE President Dan Mote. “It is a no-holds-barred look at the front-edge of engineering education for the 21stCentury.”

“The World of Engineering Education is rapidly changing from traditional classroom approaches to focusing more on learning modalities, pedagogy, and strategies.  In addition, advances in technology is allowing us to implement a variety of active learning strategies including online, collaborative and blended approaches.  As a consequence, faculty not only need to update their course content but also their delivery approach so as to better engage today’s students, said Darryll J. Pines, Nariman Farvardin Professor and Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland and Chair of the FOEE Advisory Committee.“ This annual FOEE Symposium brings together talented engineering educators who share their ideas and learn from others about new and innovative approaches to educating the next generation of engineers.”

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