Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation established within TEES

February 1, 2013
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System has approved the establishment of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI) as a joint entity within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Texas A&M University.

The IEEI will create an organization dedicated to advancing the practices of engineering education and contribute to the national need for a well-prepared engineering workforce.

John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, said, "This joint entity is a prime example of our system's commitment to addressing the need to produce graduates ready to contribute to society from the day they leave our campuses and while they are in the economy - a dual approach to a better results and performance."

Additionally, the IEEI will serve as a focal point for initiatives in engineering education within the Dwight Look College of Engineering and will be available to the A&M System engineering programs.

The institute will synthesize research and practice on learning, teaching and educational technology to help faculty keep pace, offer leadership to clarify intent and find space for transformative learning environments. It will also foster advances in engineering education through four foundational pillars: multidisciplinary design, experimental learning, systems thinking and professional development.

"Our engineering faculty are among the best in the nation in teaching and conducting research in their respective fields," said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, TEES director and vice chancellor and dean of engineering at Texas A&M. "The IEEI will be instrumental as we transform and redesign the engineering curriculum to meet the state and national need for more engineers through the 25 by 25 initiative."

In addition to TEES, the College of Engineering and the A&M System, other partners include the Colleges of Science, Liberal Arts and Business at Texas A&M University.

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