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FSU Mechanical Engineering professor among innovative early-career engineering faculty selected to participate in NAE's Sixth

Dr. Kunihiko (Sam) Taira working with RAs in his research lab located in the FSU Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME) Center at Innovation Park, Tallahassee, FL
Dr. Kunihiko (Sam) Taira, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Kunihiko (Sam) Taira, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

Billy Oates, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering also at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, was a past participant at FOEE in 2013.

Excerpted from the National Academy of Engineering Press Release:

WASHINGTON – Seventy-seven of the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the 2-1/2-day event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The attendees were nominated by NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium will be held Oct. 26-29 in Irvine, Calif.

"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program brings together top university faculty to explore preparing engineers for the world's great engineering challenges," said NAE President Dan Mote. "It is a no-holds-barred look at the front-edge of engineering education."

"Most of the faculty in higher education must adapt to changing times; from chalk boards to overheads, from classrooms to online education, and from traditional students to learners who are quite adept at navigating the Internet. As a consequence, faculty are not only needing to continuously update their course content but also their delivery approach so as to better engage the students. Research on learning, publications on teaching methods, and conferences on education are all trying to support the beleaguered faculty", said James M. Tien, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at University of Miami and Chair of the FOEE Advisory Committee. "So is the annual FOEE symposium, which brings together engineering faculty who are eager to share their innovative teaching approaches and to learn from their equally talented colleagues."

See the official press release for the list of individuals selected as attendees.

The 2014 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by John McDonnell and the McDonnell Family Foundation.

The National Academy of Engineering, an independent, nonprofit organization, was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. Part of its mission is to advance the well being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. NAE along with the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.