BME Professor Recognized for Engineering Education Innovation

in BME News
September 16th, 2010

Assistant Professor Muhammad Zaman

Assistant Professor Muhammad Zaman (BME)

By Mark Dwortzan

Assistant Professor Muhammad Zaman (BME) was named as this year’s recipient of the College of Engineering’s Innovative Engineering Education Faculty (IEEF) Fellowship. Based on the IEEF Review Committee’s recommendation, Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen chose Zaman for his achievements as an innovative educator in engineering and his capacity to further enhance engineering education Boston University in a sustainable way.

“Getting support from the Dean’s Office is particularly gratifying, since it will allow me to develop new courses, incorporate innovation in existing courses and develop partnerships across various disciplines on campus and outside BU,” said Zaman, for whom engineering education is both a dedicated practice and avid research interest.

Zaman, who joined the BU faculty in 2009 and whose research includes the application of biomedical engineering to the developing world, will use the two-year, $25,000-per-year fellowship to create a Laboratory for Engineering Education and Development (LEED) to prepare ENG students for challenges and opportunities in global health.

“Many of our students are very interested in solving problems at the interface of engineering, medicine and the developing world, and additional courses and other engagement opportunities would enable them to fully utilize their passion and interests,” he said. “The lab will focus on creating a new EK 130 course, incorporate global health tracks in senior design and use social networking websites to engage students in developing countries with BU students to solve real problems through innovative and interactive solutions.”

The LEED will also partner with Engineers Without Borders and BU’s Center for Global Health and Development to engage students in extracurricular opportunities in global health.

According to Associate Professor Donald Wroblewski (ME), a member of the IEEF Review Committee and one of last year’s inaugural award winners along with Associate Professor Ari Trachtenberg (ECE), the LEED project was selected because of its wide-ranging and innovative approach for integrating service engineering into the undergraduate curriculum.

“The multi-pronged effort to engage students in service-based learning will address the Dean’s emphasis on the societal engineer, the strong link to design will create increased opportunities for experiential learning, and the focus on public health will expose students to the opportunities for engineers to make a difference on a global level,” said Wroblewski.