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Engineer behind “pioneering” program recognized

IEEE-USA awarded Kenneth Reid, director of engineering education and first-year engineering, the 2013 Professional Achievement Award for his efforts to develop ONU’s “pioneering” engineering education major.

The engineering education major is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The Smull College of Engineering created the program in part to develop future teachers into front-line advocates for engineering careers.

“There’s been a shortage of engineers for decades,” said Reid. “The nation has spent billions of dollars on this issue. For systemic change, we need to get teachers into the schools who understand what engineering is all about. We believe this is one way to make a difference.”

Students who enroll in ONU’s engineering education program feel a strong affinity for both engineering and teaching. Graduates not only earn a degree in engineering, but also become licensed secondary math teachers with a desire to inspire and engage their future students with hands-on projects related to engineering.

Reid feels honored to be recognized by IEEE for his work to develop this program. “I sincerely appreciate this award, but I share it with my colleagues and the college who helped make this program possible,” he said. “I look forward to seeing our students graduate with this innovative degree and enter K-12 schools where they will blaze new paths.”

Click here to learn more about ONU's unique Engineering Education program.