International Panel

Engineering Education: Opportunities and Challenges at the Global Level

Wednesday June 27, 2018 1:30PM – 4:45PM
Salon F, HQ Hotel – Marriott at City Creek




Part 1: 1:30PM – 2:45PM

Dr. Myongsook Oh, South Korea
Title: Key Issues in Engineering Education in Korea

Abstract: How to prepare our students for the 4th industrial revolution has been a hot topic in Korea recently. Much of the discussion focused on student attributes and some on curriculum change and extra-curricular projects. Inter- or multi-disciplinary program development of different engineering fields and engineering and non-engineering fields also received lots of attention. Other on-going key issues include accreditation, University-industry collaboration and faculty training on teaching and learning.

Dr. Vinod K Lohani, United States
Title: A Cyberlearning Tool in Environmental Monitoring and Personalized Learning
Abstract: Advancing Personalized Learning is one of the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). A recent NAE report on A New Vision for Center-Based Engineering Research suggests creating Grand-Challenge-Based Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) and provides Advancing Personalized Learning-based center as an example. In this presentation, first, a cyberlearning system on environmental monitoring, called online watershed learning system (OWLS), will be described. Then, results of a study with a goal to investigate personalized learning and engagement of students within this cyberlearning system will be discussed. This system has been developed on the campus of Virginia Tech and has been introduced into 29 courses within and outside Virginia Tech.

Prof. Funso Falade, Nigeria
Title: Engineering Education in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities- AEEA Initiatives

Part 2: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Dr. María M. Larrondo Petrie, United States
Title: Critical Issues in Engineering Education: Latin American and Caribbean Perspective
Abstract: Thirty-five countries are part of the Latin America and the Caribbean region, speaking English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, various native Indian languages, French patois and Creole. These countries face a number of social, economic and political challenges that affect engineering education. The state and challenges of efforts to address issues such as engineering program accreditation; globalization; increasing percentage of PhD faculty and ensuring national standards for universities; building capacity of engineering academic administrators; development of multi-institutional, multinational doctoral programs in engineering education; student and faculty mobility; retention and graduation rates, standardized national exams for graduation; access to laboratories; competitiveness; and underrepresented minorities are presented.

Mr. Mark Abbott, Canada
Title: Reflections from the Engineering Change Lab Canada on the need for technological stewardship and the implications for engineering education
Abstract: Technology has a profound impact on people and the planet. The Engineering Change Lab is working to ensure that technology is used to make the world a better place — more equitable, inclusive, just, and sustainable. We believe having a concept which encapsulates this aspiration will help engineering and others who create and influence technology to express stronger leadership in this regard — and are promoting “technological stewardship” as that concept. Mark is looking forward to sharing ECL’s latest thinking and engaging in dialogue on technological stewardship and how it can be supported by engineering education.

Part 3: 4:00PM – 4:30PM

Questions and Answers: Panelists and Keynote Speaker


Mark Abbott, P.Eng., MBA, spent 15 years in heavy industrial consulting engineering based in Vancouver, Canada, before leaving to join the executive team of Engineers Without Borders Canada six years ago. Three years ago, Mark stepped down from the executive team to help launch and become the inaugural executive director of the Engineering Change Lab. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner Colette and their children Felix (4y) and Stella (1y).

Dr. Vinod K. Lohani is W.S. “Pete” Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education and a professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He also serves as the Director of education and global initiatives at VT’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). He currently serves as a PI/co-PI on 5 projects supported by the National Science Foundation. His research interests are in computer-supported research and learning system, hydrology and international collaboration. He received ASEE International Division’s Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Educator Award in 2011. He has published ~100 peer-reviewed publications and has worked on various international projects supported by the NSF, United Nations Development Program and European Union.

Prof. Funso Falade is a Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Lagos. He was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the current Dean of Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lagos. In 2002, Prof. Falade initiated the African Regional Conference on Engineering Education (ARCEE) which led to the establishment of the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) in 2006 in South Africa of which he was the founding President and remains the current President. He was a Vice-President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES; 2008-2012). In 2013, Prof. Falade championed the inauguration of the African Engineering Dean’s Council (AEDC) which took place during the 5th African Regional Conference on Engineering Education 2013 (ARCEE 2013) at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. He has developed a network with African Engineering Educators in Diaspora who now facilitate at Capacity Building Workshop to assist in skills acquisitions by the engineering educators that are home-based in Africa.

Dr. Myongsook Oh is a professor of Chemical Engineering Department at Hongik University in Seoul. She obtained a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining Hongik University, Dr. Oh was associated with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texaco, Inc. in the U.S. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK). Currently, she serves as a vice president of the Korean Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Maria M. Larrondo Petrie is a Computer Engineering Professor at Florida Atlantic University. She is Executive Director of the non-profit Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and Director of the Organization of American States (OAS) Center of Excellence of Engineering for the Americas. She serves on Boards of the Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Ibero-American Engineering Education Association (ASIBEI), and the International Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).