Ga. Tech Professor Selected for NAE Symposium

Program Explores Innovative Approaches to Engineering Education

A Georgia Institute of Technology faculty member has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium.

Dr. Dirk Schaefer, an assistant professor in Georgia Tech's Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, will join 48 of the nation's brightest young engineering researchers and educators who have been selected to take part in the inaugural symposium.

Schaefer, who works at Georgia Tech's Savannah campus, was selected along with other top engineering faculty members in the first half of their careers who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of disciplines. They will gather in Herndon, Va., November 15-18 to share ideas and best practices to bring back to their home institutions.

"I am proud that Dr. Schaefer is playing a strategic role in transforming engineering education," said David Frost, director of Georgia Tech-Savannah. "We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber as part of our Savannah campus."

The participants were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Schaefer, who joined Georgia Tech in 2006, has focused his research on the strategic design of engineering education including virtual learning environments and remotely/robotically controlled physical laboratory exercises for distance learning settings.