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Engineering Educators Gather at Olin College to Collaborate on Engineering Education Research

On March 30, 30 engineering educators from across the country will gather on Olin’s Needham campus for a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop. The participants, who come from institutions of varying sizes and differing missions, will discuss how they can further a research agenda for enhancing engineering education through institutional collaboration.

“This kind of collaboration – sharing best practices and challenges as well as identifying opportunities for taking action - can make a real difference in leveraging existing research findings and setting a forward-looking research agenda for engineering education. We are grateful to the NSF for supporting this initiative,” said Provost and Dean of Faculty Vincent Manno, who is co-directing the workshop along with Keith Buffinton, professor of mechanical engineering and Dean of Engineering emeritus at Bucknell University.

The 3-day long workshop is designed to: provide actionable guidance to the National Science Foundation for future research in engineering education innovation and catalyze innovation experiments using workshop-generated action plans.  There will be extensive brainstorming sessions designed to kick start the collaborative mission of the workshop.

Participants are coming from a range of highly regarded institutions, including: Stanford University, Harvey Mudd College, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Bucknell University, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, Tufts University, University of San Diego, University of Texas at El Paso, Western Kentucky University, Worcester Polytechnic University, Dartmouth College, the Kern Family Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

After the session, the organizing committee will be presenting their outcomes at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio in June, as well as submitting a comprehensive report for the National Science Foundation that will be available to the public later this year.