Wed. June 17, 2015 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Access to energy is requisite for a productive and stable society. However, at least 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity. This form of energy poverty disproportionately afflicts the rural poor, many of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and subsist on less than $2 per day. Achieving universal access to electricity within two decades is possible, but will require investment, innovative technologies and business models, and - importantly - a trained and entrepreneurial engineering workforce. This talk provides context to the worldwide crisis that is energy poverty, and describes the double opportunity of alleviating energy poverty while tapping the interest of this globally conscience generation of students. Experiences from electrification projects in Kenya, Zambia, and elsewhere are used to illustrate key points.
Countless national reports have been calling for the transformation of undergraduate STEM education to improve student learning and success. However, by many measures these recommendations have not been widely implemented. In order to help campus leaders create more widespread implementation of effective reforms, a Guide to Systemic Institutional Change in STEM Education was developed in a project funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation through Project Kaleidoscope at the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The Guide consists of a model that describes both the process and content of change. It offers leadership, planning, assessment, and practical tools for developing a strategic approach based on evidence regarding context-specific challenges and opportunities. The Guide provides “readiness” tools for assessing the capacity for change in terms of faculty expertise, resources, and campus infrastructure.
Development of the Guide was informed by the STEM education and higher education change literature as well as by the practical reform work of 11 four-year colleges and universities that participated in the funded project. The Guide is applicable to all STEM disciplines. It will be discussed, along with examples from campus case studies, in the context of challenging the ASEE community to catalyze the change that is vital for undergraduate engineering education. During the lecture, participants will have the opportunity to apply some of the Guide’s tools and develop the outline of a plan for change on their own campuses.