Froyd invited to presidential council planning meeting

December 8, 2010
| By: Aubrey Bloom

Dec. 8, 2010 — Dr. Jeff Froyd, the TEES director of academic development, will participate in an invitation-only meeting to help the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Jan. 5 in the White House Conference Center in Washington, D.C. PCAST will undertake a study that will make recommendations to President Barack Obama on how to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education from a student¹s transition from high school through earning a technical, community college or bachelor¹s degree to create a STEM-capable workforce. Froyd is also the director of Academic Development in the Office of the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost at Texas A&M University. He previously served as project director for the Foundation Coalition, an NSF Engineering Education Coalition among six institutions that systematically renewed their undergraduate engineering curricula, assessed their renewed curricula, institutionalized many of their innovations, and extensively shared their results with the engineering education community and specifically with a number of schools.

Froyd has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers on curriculum innovation, curriculum integration, assessment of curricular innovations and the process of curricular change. In addition, he offered more than 30 workshops on curriculum development, course design, assessment and faculty development. He has also served for seven years as an ABET program evaluator in both electrical engineering and computer engineering. PCAST is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers appointed by President Obama to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other federal agencies. PCAST is consulted about and often makes policy recommendations concerning the full range of policy issues in the domains of science, technology and innovation. 

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