Ticketed event: $30.00
It’s easy to lose students in the first year of engineering school. Students who are not deeply grounded in their “why” for getting an engineering degree have little resiliency to persist when classes get hard and college life gets stressful - especially if they don’t feel supported by close relationships and self-awareness. Learn from Denver University and Indigo Education Company experiences combating this issue by creating a curriculum that is inclusive of all kinds personalities and preferences. In this workshop you will experience the following:
1) Explore non-academic data across multiple engineering programs, looking at common characteristics of students who drop out versus those who excel.
2) Have an opportunity to take the Indigo Assessment - a survey that describes your strengths, motivators and behavior/communication style.
3) Learn what the Assessment results mean in the context of delivering student instruction. What are your natural biases? How can you expand assignment options for all motivators and incorporate project-based learning in engineering classes?
4) Experience what it is like to work in both harmonious and high-performing teams, and discuss how this would impact your students.
5) Simple additions to your curriculum to engage all learners.
6) Create your Personal Mission Statement based on your unique qualities.
Sheri Smith is the founder and CEO of the Indigo Project and the Indigo Impact Initiative 501(c)3. Indigo, established in 2013, has the vision of catalyzing a learner-centered education system that cultivates innovation, entrepreneurship, and empathy. A lifelong entrepreneur, Sheri was integral in starting a metals distributor, coaching and consulting firms, and running a small retail housewares company. In 1998, Sheri designed the first website hosted at the US Department of State for Vital Voices, a global women’s rights initiative. Introduced to assessment technology for hiring and employee development in her early 20’s, Sheri is an expert in these tools, which are used to build high performing teams, coach leaders, and align human capital to the goals of an organization. Indigo uses these same concepts to engage students, empower educators, and transform schools. Sheri has spoken at various conferences, authored two books, conducts research, and authors papers. She graduated magna cum laude from American University with a B.A. in International Studies, and holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology.
Dr. Matt Gordon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Denver. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from Stanford University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado. His research areas include numerical and experimental plasma physics, chemical and physical vapor deposition, electronic packaging, and bio-medical engineering. Courses taught include undergraduate finite elements, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and engineering economics and ethics, and graduate finite elements, numerical methods, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, plasma fundamentals and gas dynamics.