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Catalyzing the Next Decade of Engineering Education Innovation 

Leah H. Jamieson
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Purdue University
Co-chair, ASEE Report on Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education

Keynote Speaker: Leah H. Jamieson


ASEE, with support from the NSF, launched a two-phase, three-year project in October 2007. The aim of the project is to catalyze a conversation across the American engineering enterprise on creating a more vibrant culture for innovation in engineering education to ensure that the U.S. engineering profession has the right people with the right talent for a global society. The Phase 1 report, titled "Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education," released in June 2009, is available for download. The centerpiece of the Phase 1 report is a model of an innovation cycle of education practice and research. This talk will include an overview of the report, an update on the Phase 2 outreach and survey, and a discussion of potential actions addressing the key question of how we can connect scholarship in engineering education with the practice of engineering education.


Leah H. Jamieson is John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s Department of Engineering Education. She served as 2007 President and CEO of the IEEE. She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service – Program.

Jamieson has been recognized for her achievements in research, service, and education. Her research has focused on speech analysis and recognition and the design and analysis of parallel processing algorithms for signal processing applications. She was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for her research on parallel processing algorithms and was elected to the U. S. National Academy of Engineering "for innovations in integrating engineering education and community service." She was an inaugural recipient of the National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars and has been recognized with the IEEE Education Society’s 2000 Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator Award, the Anita Borg Institute’s 2007 Women of Vision Award for Social Impact, and the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Meritorious Service Award. She was named 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and was honored in the first class of Women Pioneers of Purdue University. In 2005, Jamieson and colleagues Edward Coyle and William Oakes were awarded the NAE’s Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.

Jamieson has served on the Advisory Committee for the NSF CISE Directorate and on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. She is a member of the NAE’s Committee on Engineering Education, served on the steering committee for the NAE report Changing the Conversation: Developing Effective Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (2008), and is co-chair of the ASEE project Engineering Education for the Global Economy.

Jamieson has an B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. She joined the faculty at Purdue in 1976.

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