Free ticketed event
Engineering education is evolving as a robust, agile enterprise. Educators, industry practitioners and professional organizations work collaboratively to ensure a diverse group of students are attracted, recruited and retained in engineering for the long-term to continue to galvanize the US economy and benefit society. By supporting R&D at the leading-edge of engineering education research in areas ranging from the professional formation of engineers to enhanced curricula infused with creativity, metacognitive reflection, empathy, entrepreneurship, cultural sensitivity and ethical decision-making, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is catalyzing divergent thinking, innovation and collaboration among engineering faculty and practitioners resulting in bold and innovative solutions to engineering education challenges.
In this workshop, NSF program directors will provide guidance on how to identify appropriate funding programs and enhance the quality of proposals submitted to engineering education funding opportunities in the Divisions of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and Engineering Education and Centers (EEC). The workshop will be interactive in nature and will include activities designed to facilitate interactions with NSF program directors. Participants will learn about the proposal submission and administration process as well as identify areas in which their proposals can be enhanced. . Additionally, participants will engage with Principal Investigators (PIs) of previously funded NSF projects in order to better understand the process of the planning, crafting and submitting engineering education proposals from the PI perspective. The workshop will include a discussion of the merit review process followed by team-based review of a proposal previously submitted to NSF. Participants will leave the workshop with a good sense of the engineering education programs available as well as strategies to improve their proposals.
Dr. Abiodun (Abby) Ilumoka currently serves as program director for engineering education in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at NSF. Understanding and modeling complex systems such as the K-16 STEM education system requires bold interdisciplinary research. At NSF, within the Education and Human Resources directorate, Dr. Ilumoka leverages her expertise in complex systems research for effective and efficient management of undergraduate STEM education portfolio.
Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Ilumoka received the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England in 1976, the Master’s degree in Electronics from the University of Southampton, England in 1978 and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Imperial College London, England in 1982. Following this, she continued with postdoctoral work at Imperial College, lectured at Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK and worked in the telecommunications industry in Nigeria – her country of birth. In 1992, she joined the faculty at the College of Engineering, University of Hartford in Connecticut where she taught electrical and computer engineering. Her research interests have ranged from microelectronic circuit optimization to AI-based tunable microwave filter synthesis and complex adaptive systems design. She authored many journal publications and conference articles and received research and teaching grants from government and corporate sources rising to the rank of full professor in 2003. In 2007, Dr. Ilumoka received the Connecticut Women of Innovation Award for outstanding leadership & technology innovation. She was honored in 2008 by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame as for her efforts in mentoring young women and minorities in Connecticut. As one of the state’s most distinguished engineers, she was inducted in May 2011 into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) the prestigious non-profit that provides science and technology advice to state government and the Connecticut General Assembly.
Dr. Julie Martin is a program officer in the Directorate for Engineering