Overview of the Division for Engineering Education and Centers (EEC

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Engineering Advisory Committee Meeting
May 19, 2004 Bruce M. Kramer Acting Division Director Engineering Education and Centers Division

Engineering Education and Centers

Directorate for Engineering

EEC Role in ENG
Enable the continual evolution of the engineering education and research enterprise at US universities q Provide a unifying link across all engineering disciplines for programs that cut across all disciplines q Provide comprehensive oversight for projects of a scale requiring such oversight
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Education Strategy
Build bridges between engineering and education faculty at all levels and develop current and future faculty q Revitalize and update engineering curricula q Integrate research and education q Encourage industry to view engineering education as a shared problem requiring joint action
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Involving the Community
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“Scoping the Future of Engineering Education” Workshop Annual Engineering and Computing Education Grantees Conferences (w/EHR,CISE) ERC and I/UCRC Annual Meetings NAE Committee on Engineering Education (base support) NAE Center for Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) (start-up support) IEEE Dean’s Summits NAE “Engineer of 2020” study NAE “Community College” study (w/EHR) Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (w/EHR)

Department-level reform of the undergraduate engineering curricula (DLR)
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update instruction using mentoring, simulation, and inquiry-based, distance, and service learning introduce emerging knowledge related to IT, biology microelectronics, MEMS, nanotechnology, cognitive theory and bring research results into the classroom replace legacy materials emphasizing rote solution techniques with content emphasizing the underlying behavior of systems expose students to the computational methods used by practicing engineers, in collaboration with industry leaders Build strong pathways for transitioning grade 7-12 students to engineering

2003 DLR “Implementation” Awards
Bioengineering, Lehigh University q Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh q Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida q Mechanical Engineering, City University of New York
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Integrate Research and Education
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Give promising students and teachers research experiences early-on (REU, RET, linkages between ERCs and EHR diversity programs, including LSAMP, AGEP, CREST, TCUP) Nurture and sustain a critical mass of crossdisciplinary talent (ERCs, NSECs, I/UCRCs, VaNTH ERC) Train doctoral students in an interdisciplinary environment (ERCs, IGERT) Move current knowledge into the curriculum (ERCs, DLR)

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“Engineered Systems” Focus » ERCs play critical roles in research, education, diversity, outreach and industrial collaboration » Transforming vision for field » From discovery to proof-of-concept » Integration of research and education Partnerships with over 500 distinct firms Impact on university and practitioner education

ERC “Class of 2003”
Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, University of Southern California q Extreme Ultraviolet S&T, Colorado State University q Collaborative, Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, University of Massachusetts, Amherst q Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis, University of Kansas
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EEC Expenditures/Budget
140 130 120 110 100 90 80 FY 2001 FY 2000 FY 2002 FY 2003

Total Budget w/o Stipend Programs w/o Stipends and Nano

EEC Budget ($ millions)

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Engineering Education and Centers (Budget Changes from FY 2000 – 2003)
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Overall Budget: $98.40 million  $132.78 million Phased-Down Programs (-$17.50 million) • S/I/UCRC, Coalitions, Action Agenda, CRCD, BEE New Programs (+$34.57 million) • PFI, NSEC, NIRT, NCN, ITR • Center for Learning and Teaching, Dept-Level Reform, “unsolicited” engineering education, RET, BBSI, NUE, BEE, IERI, (MSP) Continuing Programs (+$17.21 million) • ERC, EERC, I/UCRC, IGERT, REU, GRF, GK-12

FY 2001 COV Issues
1. Use review templates like those used in the ERC Program for all programs 2. More female, young, and industry reviewers 3. Provide “critical mass” funding for a smaller number of “high priority” projects 4. Increased oversight for projects of the scale of the Engineering Education Coalitions

More FY 1998 – FY 2000 COV Issues
1. “Get the word out” that EEC programs have significant impact on diversity, curricula and pre-college outreach 2. Fund studies to answer the “big questions” 3. Assess the impact of distance learning on engineering education 4. COV needs better demographic data 5. Improve the COV template

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