Join your colleagues for two presentations and a panel of speakers on excellence in biological and agricultural engineering education.
Eric McLamore, the BAE Division awardee for teaching excellence, is Assistant Professor at the ABE department at University of Florida. His innovations include a design-build capstone course in biological engineering systems and a program supporting students to produce works of art inspired by biological engineering problems.
Prof. Christy, who holds dual professorial appointments in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and in the Department of Engineering Education at the Ohio State University, has long been interested in student engagement, especially in multidisciplinary approaches to engineering problem solving and in nurturing students' development into professionals who are socially responsible and effective community members as well as competent engineers. She has won multiple awards for her teaching, which includes courses on bioenergy, the environment, and professional development, and for her administrative leadership, most recently her role in transforming OSU's Engineering Education Innovation Center into the new Department of Engineering Education.
Dr. Verma recently retired from the University of Georgia after a forty-year career as a professor and academic administrator. As a charter member and founding president of IBE, and in his roles as head of UGA's Biological Engineering department and associate director of UGA's engineering program, he has articulated the vision of biological engineering to students, working engineers, and academic administrators. He believes that BAE curricula should promote development of social intelligence, fluency across disciplines, professional identity and conceptualize innovative solutions to the big problems, those with significant social and economic importance. He has taught a variety of courses in agricultural and biological engineering including communication skills and philosophy of research.
Prof. Lima is Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and director of the Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership at Louisiana State University. For the last two decades she has engaged LSU BAE students and community members in a variety of service learning activities in the Baton Rouge area - including an ASEE/LSU/Purdue day of service on Saturday June 25 just preceding this conference. Dr. Lima is passionately committed to improving the community through engineering-community partnerships that bring the principles of engineering alive for children and tangibly use engineering to enhance democratic society. She writes and speaks widely on service-learning issues, and is the co-author of the textbook Service-Learning: Engineering in Your Community.