Released in 2008 in the wake of a National Science Foundation-sponsored summit meeting, The Newport Declaration to Globalize U.S. Engineering Education was initially endorsed by 19 signatories and later attracted nearly 50 more signatures of support. The document built a strong case for enhancing the ability of all engineering students to span national and cultural boundaries, in turn calling on educators, administrators, and policymakers to “integrate global education into the engineering curriculum to impact all students.” Since the release of the Newport Declaration, the number of engineering students participating in study, work, and research experiences abroad has continued to inch upward. Yet this movement has also bypassed many schools and waned at others, particularly in the midst of leadership changes and evolving strategic priorities, not to mention significant shifts in the wider geopolitical landscape. This session brings together a distinguished group of panelists to discuss the history, current state, and future of global engineering education. It includes signatories of the Newport Declaration, as well as administrators and leaders from diverse schools and programs. This interactive session will also give participants opportunities to reflect on and share their own successes and challenges.
Dr. Larry J. Shuman
Larry J. Shuman is a Distinguished Service Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, having recently stepped down as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In that latter position he led the development of a very successful cooperative engineering education program and an innovative study abroad program. This included the “Plus3” integrated field trip abroad for rising engineering and business sophomores, which received the 2005 Heiskell Award from the Institute for International Education for “Innovations in Study Abroad,” the INNOVATE program (initially with Rice University), and a very active research and educational program for undergraduates in Brazil jointly funded by the U.S. and Brazil Departments of Education (FIPSE-CAPES). Under his leadership, 45% of Swanson School of Engineering seniors graduate with at least some form of international education experience. He currently serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Education Exchange. A former senior editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Dr. Shuman is the founding editor of ASEE’s Advances in Engineering Education. He has published widely in the engineering education literature, and is co-author of Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule and Risk - Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle (Cambridge University Press). He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Operations Research and the BSEE from the University of Cincinnati. He is an ASEE Fellow.
Prof. Kent J Rissmiller
Kent Rissmiller, Ph.D., JD, is Dean, ad interim, of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. He has also been the Associate Dean of the Division since 2006. As Dean, he is responsible for WPI’s Global Projects Program which provides off-campus project opportunities for nearly 1000 students and their faculty advisers at 50 project centers in 26 countries. In addition, he is active in assessing student learning in the global program and has co-authored papers on the impact of program participation on WPI alumni. Prof. Rissmiller is also an associate professor in Social Science and Policy Studies at WPI.
Dr. Niko Tracksdorf
Niko Tracksdorf joined the University of Rhode Island as Assistant Professor of German and Associate Director of the German International Engineering Program in June 2018. His research and teaching focuses on German for Engineers, intercultural competence, and online and blended learning. In his previous positions as coordinator for the German IEP at URI, and as assistant for the Eurotech program at the University of Connecticut, he helped prepare engineering students linguistically and culturally for international study, research, and internship opportunities. He is currently serving on the AATG German for Professional Purposes Committee and was awarded a university-wide teaching award for his interdisciplinary German course on roller coasters engineering.
Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos
Yannis C. Yortsos is the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering. He received a BS degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and MS and PhD degrees from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008 where he also serves as a member of the NAE Council. Yortsos is an honorary member of the AIME (2011), of the Academy of Athens (2013), a recipient of the Ellis Medal of Honor (2014) and an honorary professor at Tsinghua University (2017). As dean of engineering, he articulated Engineering+, positioning engineering as the enabling discipline of our times. In 2009 he co-founded the NAE Global Grand Challenges Scholars Program, now adopted by many universities in the US and overseas. Since 2012, he chaired the Diversity Committee of the Engineering Deans Council, where he spearheaded an engineering diversity initiative, now adopted by more than 210 engineering deans nationwide. In recognition of these initiatives, USC Viterbi received in 2017 the ASEE President’s Award. Yortsos serves as the PI of the NSF I-Corps Innovation Node Los Angeles, established in 2014.
E. Daniel Hirleman
E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014 with responsibility for substantially growing research and education partnerships with the private sector, and for strategic global partnerships with nations, universities, NGOs and companies. He serves as Purdue’s Senior International Officer, and in 2015 and 2016 was Senior Intellectual Property Officer. Dr. Hirleman has also served in faculty and administrative roles at Arizona State and University of California, Merced. He has received the INEER Int’l Achievement Award, the Hon. George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation, and the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from ASME. He is also an ASME Fellow and chaired the Advisory Board of Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Prof. Gayle G. Elliott
Gayle Elliott earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She is a Professor of Experiential Learning and has been responsible for UC’s International Co-op Program (ICP) for 25 years. She has extensive experience preparing students, developing international co-op jobs, and developing international exchange programs. She a member of the Organizing Committee for the Colloquium on International Engineering Education, an active member of the World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), and has held leadership positions in both the CEED and International Divisions of the ASEE. In 2013 she was awarded the ASEE CEED Alvah K. Borman Award for “sustained, honorable, and meritorious contributions to the promotion of the philosophy and the practice of cooperative education in engineering and/or engineering technology.” She has been involved in numerous international engineering education grants and projects. She was instrumental in working with UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to develop the first co-op program in China with Chongqing University.
Prof. Brent K Jesiek
Brent K. Jesiek is an Associate Professor in the Schools of Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is currently chair of the Engineering Education graduate program at Purdue, and is a former Associate Director of Global Engineering Programs at Purdue. He also leads the Global Engineering Education Collaboratory (GEEC) research group, and is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award to study boundary-spanning roles and competencies among early career engineers. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech. Dr. Jesiek draws on expertise from engineering, computing, and the social sciences to advance understanding of geographic, disciplinary, and historical variations in engineering education and practice.