By Mark Dwortzan
Assistant Professor Muhammad Zaman (BME) was selected as one of 53 innovative early-career educators to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s second Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans.
Zaman, whose innovative educational approaches recently earned him the 2010 College of Engineering Innovative Engineering Faculty Fellow award, will join young educators representing a variety of engineering disciplines at the conference on Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, Calif. Participants will exchange ideas and learn about best practices that they can apply at their home institutions.
“I am very excited to be chosen by NAE to attend this prestigious meeting,” said Zaman, who was also invited to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineers symposium in 2009. “I am looking forward to learning from some of the best engineering educators in the country, and am truly excited about discussing my vision for improving engineering education at the undergraduate and graduate level.”
Confronting a perceived shortfall of engineering leaders in the U.S. in the coming decades, this year’s symposium seeks to better equip some of the nation’s best engineering educators to transform engineering education at their universities. The ultimate goal is to develop innovative ways to engage students so that they will emerge with the engineering fundamentals, understanding of new technologies and skills to be an effective engineer or engineering researcher.