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What I have been thinking about…

By: Dan Mote*

Colleagues and friends, I wish to use this opportunity to speak to you about two related matters that have captured my attention for some time. The first are strategic issues for engineering that could have significant implications for our nation’s future. The second is our plan for celebrating the NAE’S fifty-year anniversary in 2014.  The Academy’s 50th anniversary year kicks off today and culminates at the end of 2014, a 15-month year. (As I get older, longer years have an attraction.) Our celebration of the 50th anniversary is scheduled for the 2014 Annual Meeting. You will discover that there may be a role for you in this celebration, should you choose to seek it. I hope that this possibility inspires more curiosity than anxiety.
Strategic Issues for Engineering
Now to strategic issues for engineering. In China, there is a saying that when a person assumes a new position, he must light three fires. So for my fires, I have been thinking about three strategic issues for engineering. They are (1) the importance of talent in the engineering workforce, (2) globalization and the global role of the NAE, and (3) the visibility and understanding of engineering. How these familiar issues are resolved will affect the course of engineering. Consequently, I am striking these matches today in hopes of combustion.  (An excerpt from Dr. Mote’s Statement in the NAE Annual Meeting, October 5th, 2013)

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*President of the National Academy of Engineering, USA.

ISTEC’s XX General Assembly in Mexico

The leaders of Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) invite all members to participate in ISTEC’s XX General Assembly, to be held at the National Institute for Research in Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) in Tonantzintla, Puebla, México, March 26-28, 2014. Please find more detailed information by writing to Dr. Roberto Murphy  rmurphy@inaoep.mx

Also visit official website of ISTEC  http://www.istec.org/.


IFEES Bulletin recently published

IFEES Secretariat is pleased to share with its community and friends the IFEES’ Bulletin: ”The Global Bulletin of Engineering Education.” A quarterly publication that addresses cutting edge research and current developments in Engineering Education.
Please click here to view the latest volume of IFEES Bulletin.

UTM to Organize Workshops and Expo on Innovative Practices in Higher Education


In May 20-23, 2014, the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia will be organizing a series of Workshops and Expo with Competition on Innovative Practices in Higher Education. In this event there will be two Keynote speakers, Richard M. Felder, Ph.D., who is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University  and Rebecca Brent, Ed.D., who is President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in Cary, North Carolina.

The First Workshop is entitled: “Effective Teaching for Outcome-Based Higher Education.” According to its moderators “This workshop has been given on campuses across the world. It has always been attended by many participants. Of the 4896 participants who submitted evaluations since 1996, 81% gave the workshop the top rating of “Excellent,” 19% rated it “Good,” less than 1% rated it “Average,” and none rated it “Fair” or “Poor.” The presenters received “Excellent” ratings from 89% of the participants, “Good” from 11%, and “Average” from less than 1%.”

The Second Workshop is called: “Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2014 (I-PHEX 2014)”  This will be a platform to demonstrate innovative practices that can be shared and emulated among academics in higher education worldwide.  In a public statement the UTM leaders of this event stated: “the purpose of the exhibition is also to recognise and acknowledge efforts to improve higher education.” I-PHEX 2014 will be jointly organised by the UTM Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), UTM Academic Leadership (UTMLead), Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) under the Ministry of Education Malaysia and the Society for Engineering Education (SEEM).

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2014 World University Rankings Made Public

The Shangai University Ranking, Times Higher Education and Top Universities rankings have published their detailed report and analysis on the World’s best universities.   Please find below the respective links of these prestigious research initiatives that promote higher standards in university education.


GEDC 2013 Chicago Conference Report

IFEES and GEDC leadership has the pleasure to share with members of the Global Engineering Education Community the Final Report of GEDC 2013 Chicago Conference, of October 20-22.  To view the report please click here.

The Benefits of Using Lensoo Create in Universities

By Krishna Vedula
Former IFEES President

As you may know already, IUCEE (Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education) uses Lensoo for all our collaborative learning and teaching needs. Recently Lensoo has launched Lensoo Create (available for free trial on lensoo website: http://www.lensoo.com/)
Lensoo Create is an ABSURDLY easy to use app for expressing yourself. Perfect for all students, teachers, architects, engineers, and artists. A recordable whiteboard for your tablet.
I personally use Lensoo Create at University of Massachusetts Lowell to teach undergraduate courses. I can create 15 min. recordings of my lectures using figures from my text, writing on them and with my voice over it. I can then email them instantly to all my students. No need to depend on anybody else. I plan to use this to change my teaching to “Flipped Classroom Mode” where these recordings will be provided as homework, allowing me to focus on active problem solving in my “Materials Engineering” course, next semester. I use a Samsung Galaxy Notebook, on which it works very well, as well on other Android devices. You can expect it be usable on other devices soon.
Lensoo has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Check it out: http://create.lensoo.com/kickstarter/. The app is being used by over 2000 teachers, professors, and students worldwide to create and share more than a thousand multimedia presentations.
I recommend that we pledge our financial support ($ 200 or more) to this endeavor because Lensoo is revolutionizing teaching and learning. I have just pledged $ 1,000. Our financial support accelerates their efforts in bringing technology innovation in what we do. It would also mean the world to me and also the IUCEE and Lensoo team, if you would simply click on the Facebook and Twitter buttons on the page in the link. Just two clicks make a HUGE difference! If possible, please share it on your wall on Linkedin.
You can create your own “Khan Academy”. Please share this with friends, family, colleagues….anyone you think would be interested.

QUEECA: Quality of Engineering Education in Central Asia

The 2012-2015 QUEECA Project held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, two consecutive meetings on the October 14 and 15, 2013.  QUEECA is a Tempus project which aims at setting up and implementing a system of Quality Assurance of Engineering Education (EE) in Central Asian countries, finalized to the pre-professional accreditation of engineering programs (i.e. accreditation of educational programs as entry route to the engineering profession). The accredited programs must satisfy the same pre-requisites for the award of the EUR-ACE quality label, i.e. the EUR-ACE Framework Standards (EAFS) and the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. SEFI was represented in Tashkent by Jacques Schibler, SEFI communication officer. It was the occasion to consider the advancements of the project as well as strengthening the contacts with various partners from Central Asia and Europe. The emergence of national Engineering organizations can be praised as being among the first steps in the completion of this project.

The three-year QUEECA initiative, established at a kick-off meeting in Menaggio, Italy in November 2012,   is being led by Claudio Borri, IFEES Founding President and Dean of Engineering at the University of Florence. Stephanie Farrell, IFEES Executive Committee Member; Jose Carlos Quadrado, IFEES President; and Andrzej Rucinski, Professor of Electrical Engineering in the University of New Hampshire are also engaged in this initiative. The QUEECA consortium includes European partners from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Portugal and UK and Central Asian partners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. IFEES member societies, SEFI, ENAEE, ISEL, ASEE and KazSEE, are involved in the project.


More information on QUEECA can be found on: www.queeca.eu

Aalborg University to host UNESCO’s Centre for Problem Based Learning

The General Conference of UNESCO has approved the establishment of a Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability at Aalborg University in Denmark, as a Category 2 Centre established under the auspices of UNESCO.  The overall mission and objectives of the Aalborg UNESCO Centre are to develop the role of universities in promoting engineering, science and sustainability education and innovation through the creation of a global centre and network of excellence on Problem and Project Based Learning (PBL) for knowledge sharing, education and capacity building to address global challenges through North-South and South-South cooperation.  Engineering, science, technology and innovation are of vital importance in addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals and related global challenges ­ especially sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Please click here to read a full press release.

Granta Design participates in the Materials Education Symposium

In November 1st, Marc Fry the director of Education at Granta Design Ltd. was invited to give a presentation at the Materials Education Symposium entitled: “Materials Education and Sustainable Development.” This event took place at Anadolu University Turkey.

Please click here to view the full presentation.

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IFEES Global Award Nomination Process Begins

IFEES Secretariat is proud to announce the opening of this year’s IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.  We invite all members of IFEES Community to begin thinking seriously about nominating an individual who they believe falls within the criteria of having provided extra-ordinary leadership and impact in engineering education.  Please take the time to closely review the Call for Nominations and the Letter of Nomination.  It is critical that all nominators spend some time providing evidence regarding the measurable impact made by each nominee in the area of engineering education.  The nomination needs to  be channeled through an IFEES member and the deadline is May 31, 2014.  The winner of this year’s Global Award will be honored during the IFEES Award Dinner which is part of the forthcoming WEEF 2014 Dubai on December 3 to 6. http://weef2014.org/.
The IFEES Award Nominating Committee consists of the following leaders:  Gordon Griffith and Michael Auer (co-chairs), Anette Kolmos, Tan Moorthy, Euan Lindsay and Bopaya Bidanda (members). Hans J. Hoyer serves as an ex-oficio non-voting member.  The task of the committee will be to critically review all nominations and identify three finalists.  The committee will provide its recommendation to the IFEES Executive Committee which in turn decides who will be this year’s winner.
Please contact Hans J. Hoyer if you have any questions, h.hoyer.ifees@gedc.info

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