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UA Set to Host Engineering Educators

The University of Alabama will host the American Society of Engineering Education Southeast Section Annual Conference March 13-15 at on campus and at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tuscaloosa.

This is the first time the University has hosted an ASEE conference since 2006.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “engineering for sustainability,” and the meeting’s workshops will focus on curricula, courses and other engineering preparation that are necessary to practice engineering in a changing world.

The conference will include workshops focused on improving instruction in and out of the classroom along with topics on outreach and professional development opportunities. Additionally, the conference will also host a student poster competition.

Dr. Beth Todd, associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator of mechanical engineering, serves as sponsor for the local chapter. She hopes to have around 150 students in attendance

“We would like attendees to see our growth, expansion and new facilities and to think of this as an exciting place for graduate students to do research on a variety of topics,” Todd said.

ASEE was founded in 1893 and to promote excellence in engineering education across the full spectrum of engineering fields. The Southeastern Section of ASEE was formed in 1934 and has grown to include 2,000 members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.