Leah Jamieson, National Academy of Engineering, to Deliver Distinguished Lecture on Engineering Education Research, Oct. 19, at Clarkson University  

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson University is proud to announce that Purdue University Professor Leah H. Jamieson will speak on “Engineering Education Research: The Growth of a Discipline and Lessons (Being) Learned” on Friday, October 19, at 2:30 p.m. in Clarkson’s Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213 (#20 on the map at https://www.clarkson.edu/sites/default/files/2017-08/clarkson%20main%20campus%20map.pdf

A reception will precede the lecture at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In the abstract for her presentation, Jamieson says “Engineering education research is emerging as an identifiable discipline, with engineering education departments, programs, and centers of excellence, and a growing community of engineering education researchers around the globe. It is bringing together decades, and even centuries, of experience in teaching engineering with more recent learning from education and social-behavioral sciences research to delve into critical questions such as:

“Who studies engineering and why? What are engineering ways of thinking, knowing, and doing? How do students of all ages learn engineering? How does engineering connect with local and global communities? How do we assess engineering education practice and learning? How do engineering education systems evolve? How do we connect engineering education research with engineering education practice?

“This talk will take stock of the current state of engineering education practice and explore the engineering education research agenda. It will also look at the university, the professional infrastructure, and the cultural issues that go into the creation, growth, and recognition of a new field.”

Leah Jamieson is the Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the John A. Edwardson Dean Emerita of Engineering at Purdue University. She also holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Engineering Education in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She is co-founder and past director of EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service Program.

She served as the 2007 president and CEO of the IEEE and 2012-17 president of the IEEE Foundation. She has been recognized with the National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the NSF Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Social Impact, and the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) Dean of Engineering Champion Award.

She was named 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and presented with the Simon Bolivar medal from the National Ministry of Education of Colombia.

Jamieson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and ASEE, an Eminent Member of IEEE – Eta Kappa Nu, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Pi.

She served on the committees that prepared the NAE report Changing the Conversation: Developing Effective Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (2008) and the NRC report Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Students’ Diverse Pathways (2016). She was co-chair of the ASEE project Innovation with Impact: Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education (2012), and was a member of the planning committee for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences report Advancing Research in Science and Engineering (ARISE II): Unleashing America’s Research & Innovation Enterprise (2013).

She currently chairs the steering committee for the NSF-funded NAE workshop series Engineering Societies and Engineering Education.

She has been an advocate and activist promoting the success of women in engineering and computer science, both at Purdue and through national and global professional societies. The directorship of Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program was named in her honor upon completion of her service as Dean of Engineering.

Jamieson received her bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Drexel University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Jamieson will be the 18th distinguished lecturer in Clarkson’s New Horizons in Engineering series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

For more details, please contact Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at lregel@clarkson.edu.

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