Parkinson attends meeting for elite engineers

Matthew Parkinson, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, was one of 53 of the nation's most innovative young engineering educators chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) second Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

Attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

The event took place from Dec. 13 to 16 in Irvine, Calif. Its purpose was to allow attendees to share ideas, learn from research and education practices and leave with ideas to bring improvement to their institutions.

The program focused on ways to ensure that students learn engineering fundamentals, the expanding knowledge base of new technology and the skills necessary to be a successful engineer or researcher.

NAE President Charles M. Vest said the academy intends for FOEE to become a "major force in identifying, recognizing and promulgating advances and innovations in order to build a strong intellectual infrastructure and commitment to 21st-century engineering education."

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Last Updated January 24, 2011