Engineering Education workshop held
Kenneth Reid, director of engineering education and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, David Reeping, a sophomore in engineering education from Richfield, Ohio, and Tamara Knott from Virginia Tech, co-hosted a workshop at the First-Year Engineering Experience conference held Aug. 7 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Titled “Developing a Classification Scheme for ‘Introduction to Engineering’ Courses,” the workshop was the culmination of a National Science Foundation-funded project.
Thirty professors tested the final version of the classification scheme, classifying the Introduction to Engineering course(s) at their institutions. Results of these tests will be presented at the upcoming Frontiers of Education conference in October, and should be useful for engineering programs to classify courses as students transfer or for research proposals. Reid also co-hosted a Focus Workshop on Successful First-Year Engineering Programs with Matt Ohland of Purdue University and Kerry Myers of Youngstown State University, leading conversation among approximately 110 faculty involved in first-year engineering on topics such as resource allocation, retention and introducing students to various engineering disciplines.