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Faculty, Staff Leading the Wave of Engineering Education Change

June 19, 2014

MACH Ella Ingram

Creating Agents For Change: Ella Ingram, professor of biology and director of Rose-Hulman’s Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education, leads a session during the Making Academic Change Happen Workshop. (Photos by Shawn Spence)

Rose-Hulman faculty, administrators, and staff members showcased their leadership roles in undergraduate engineering education in the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education’s Conference and Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) Workshop, hosted this summer in Indianapolis.

Seventy members of the campus community participated in the events, once again one of the largest contingents from an engineering institution. Rose-Hulman was an educator sponsor for the four-day event.

A select group of faculty and administrators learned how to bring educational change to their campus by attending the pre-conference MACH workshop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The National Science Foundation sponsored the event that helped participants develop their skills, cultivate an allied community of colleagues, and, ultimately, make change happen on campus.

MACH workshop leader Julia Williams led an ASEE Conference discussion on “Experiences from the Making Academic Change Happen Workshop.” Other faculty leaders were featured in a session examining “From Faculty to Change Agent: Lessons Learned in the Development and Implementation of a Change Workshop.” The group included Ella Ingram, Kay C Dee, Craig Downing, Donald Richards, Steve Chenoweth, Richard House, Jameel Ahmed, and Williams.

ASEE Meeting

Exchanging Ideas: The American Society for Engineering Education’s 2014 Conference in Indianapolis allowed Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell and other staff members to showcase the institute and its leading role in undergraduate STEM education.

Dean of Innovation Bill Kline and Terre Haute entrepreneur William Schindel presented a session that examined “The Innovation Competencies: Implications for Educating the Engineer of the Future.” Kline joined faculty colleagues Robert Bunch, Glen Livesay, Thomas Mason, Renee Rogge, and Michael Wollowski in making educators aware of the new Innovation Canvas entrepreneurship education model.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Carlotta Berry was featured in the session “Women of Color Engineering Faculty: An Examination of the Experiences and the Numbers.” Meanwhile, Ingram, professor of biology, presented “An Exploration of Career and Personal Decisions.”

Department of Engineering Management Head Craig Downing, Engineering Management Professor Eva Andrijcic, and Schindel discussed “Preparing Our Graduates to be More Effective Leaders in a World of Systems-Oriented Risk.” Humanities professors Caroline Carvill, Richard House, Jessica Livingston, Anneliese Watt, and Williams presented a session on “The Grandest Challenge: Models for Communication Development in Technical Contexts.”

Texas Instruments sponsored a hand-on workshop on using BeagleBone Black software, presented by Mark Yoder, the Lawrence J. Giacoletto endowed professor of electrical and computer engineering. Meanwhile, Mathworks supported a technical session on teaching microcontrollers for non-programmers, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Marc Herniter.

     Other faculty and staff members making presentations, listed by department, were:

     Civil Engineering: John Aidoo, James Hanson, Kyle Kershaw, Jennifer Mueller Price, and Kevin Sutterer

     Electrical and Computer Engineering: Tina Hudson, Daniel Moore, Xiaoyan Mu, Wayne Padgett, and Mario Simoni,

     Humanities: Patricia Carlson

     Mathematics: Diane Evans and Mark Inlow

     Mechanical Engineering: Ashley Bernal, Daniel Kawano, Richard Layton, Jay McCormack, John Mirth, and Sean Moseley

     Physics and Optical Engineering: Sergio Granieri, Scott Kirkpatrick, Paul Leisher, Richard Liptak, and Maarij Syed

     Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment: Shannon Sipes