As ASEE turns 125, Dr. Litzinger will present a reflective journey of his more than 25 years of experience trying to close the research-to-practice cycle in the engineering education community. With a steadfast focus on the application of research results to improve the engineering education experience, Dr. Litzinger has drawn from a wide spectrum of research results to support Penn State’s engineering education experience in the upper echelons of academia.
Dr. Litzinger will begin by exploring where the field has been, discussing how instructional techniques such as collaborative learning, conceptual learning, and PBL-intensive learning have grown and changed, particularly against the backdrop of Engineering Education Research emerging as a formal discipline of study. The talk will then transition to looking at some emerging trends, such as the maker movement, model-eliciting activities, and reflective practice. Finally, he will consider some potential future trends for the field, such as the ideas of backwards teaching, AI tutors and graders, the demise of required math and basic science in ABET, and the growth of online engineering degrees.
Throughout the entire talk will be an undercurrent of diversity and inclusion research, highlighting where the field has been, where is currently is, and what must be done to help make engineering a more diverse and inclusive field of study. As would be expected from one of Dr. Litzinger’s talks, the session will include polls and tweets to gather real-time reactions from the audience during the presentation.
Dr. Thomas A. Litzinger
Thomas A. Litzinger is Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Accreditation, Director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. His work in engineering education involves curricular reform, teaching and learning innovations, assessment, and faculty development. Dr. Litzinger has more than 50 publications related to engineering education including lead authorship of an invited article in the 100th Anniversary issue of JEE and of an invited chapter on translation of research to practice for the first edition of the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. He teaches design and thermal sciences. His disciplinary research on combustion in engines and rockets has resulted in more than 120 publications. Dr. Litzinger was selected as a Fellow of ASEE in 2008 and of ASME in 2012. He serves as an Associate Editor for Advances in Engineering Education. He holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State, an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from RPI, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton.