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UW-Stout News Story

Instructor selected for prestigious engineering symposium

October 8, 2012

A member of the UW-Stout engineering and technology department has been selected to participate in the prestigious Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

Wei Shi, an assistant professor, will attend Sunday, Oct. 14, through Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Irvine, Calif. She is one of 72 “of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators” chosen from a highly competitive group of nominees, according to the National Academy of Engineering.

Wei Shi"I am so pleased and honored to be selected to attend this symposium. I would like to share innovations in engineering education with other attendees, learn from best practice and integrate new approaches into my future teaching," Shi said.

NAE President Charles M. Vest said the program “creates a unique venue for engineering faculty members to share and explore interesting and effective innovations in teaching and learning. We want FOEE to become a major force in identifying, recognizing and promulgating advances and innovations in order to build a strong intellectual infrastructure and commitment to 21st century engineering education.”

The program will focus on innovations in the context, curriculum and delivery of engineering education.

“It is absolutely critical that U.S. engineering educators learn how to become more effective in the classroom, utilizing technology and pedagogy in creative ways in order to produce more innovative graduates who have the ability to address the complex problems of the 21st century,” said Larry Shuman, chair of the FOEE planning committee and an industrial engineering professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shi has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her areas of research include embedded systems; controls and instrumentation; robotics; biomedical instrumentation; bioelectronics; and intelligent systems.

She has published significant findings in international journals, including IEEE Transactions and IEEE Sensors Journal, and conference proceedings. As one of a select number of participants at the symposium, Shi has been recognized as a faculty member who is actively teaching in a U.S. engineering program and has implemented significant innovations in her teaching and research.

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