Prof. Barba Selected for National Conference on Innovative Engineering Education


By Mark Dwortzan

Assistant Professor Lorena Barba (ME)
Assistant Professor Lorena Barba (ME)

Assistant Professor Lorena Barba (ME) was selected as one of 72 innovative early-career educators from U.S. engineering programs to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) fourth annual Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium on October 14-17 in Irvine, California. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants, attendees were nominated by engineering deans and NAE members in recognition of their recently implemented educational innovations.

Barba’s innovative educational approaches include “flipping the classroom” and posting the College of Engineering’s first course on iTunes U. Along with other young educators representing a variety of engineering disciplines, she will present a poster describing her research and participate in discussions and workshops. Attendees will exchange their innovative ideas, network with colleagues and learn about best practices that they can apply at their home institutions.

“I am honored and delighted to have been selected and am looking forward to the conversations we will have with some of the top innovators in the country at this exciting time for engineering education,” Barba said, noting the increased prominence this past year of the flipped-class model, massively open online courses and other major developments in higher education.

The NAE created the FOEE Symposium to recognize and reward some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators and to promote inspirational engineering education. Barba, who also received a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award supporting both research and educational initiatives, will join the Symposium at a time when science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is high on the national agenda.