Vigmostad to Attend Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Julie Jessop, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, was one of only 72 of the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators who were selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium October 14-17 in Irvine, CA.

Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines came together for the event, where they shared ideas, learned from research and best practice in education, and left with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution.

The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

This year's program focused on innovations in the context, curriculum, and delivery of engineering education.

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Sarah Vigmostad, associate professor of biomedical engineering, associate faculty research engineer at

IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, and researcher at the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, has been selected to attend the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held October 25-28, 2015, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.

The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.

Each Frontiers symposium covers four topics that vary from year to year. Examples from past symposia include: visualization for design and display, nanotechnology, advanced materials, robotics, simulation in manufacturing, energy and the environment, optics, intelligent transportation systems, MEMS, design research, bioengineering, counter-terrorism technologies, and quantum computing.