Transform engineering education now: The Big Beacon

By , May 30, 2012 9:46 am

aPIE2 grew out of the Engineer of the Future events put on my the Olin-Illinois Partnership.  Yesterday, the Big Beacon was launched, a new movement for the transformation of engineering education.  Read the manifesto below

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or download your own copy and share it with your friends at  Follow the movement on twitter at or like it at Facebook at

Save the date for Engineer of the Future 3.0, 14-15 November 2010

By , February 12, 2010 11:18 am

Mark your calendar for a Summit on the Engineer of the Future 3.0 to be held 14-15 November 2010 (Sunday evening – Monday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The theme of the event, Unleashing Student Engagement in and for the Transformation of Engineering Education, highlights the importance of student engagement as both a necessary condition and an outcome of educational transformation, and to underscore that theme, the event is student run and especially seeks student attendance and participation, in addition to that of faculty and corporate and organizational friends.

The event is sponsored by the Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (  For further information about the event contact Sherra Kerns ( or David Goldberg (

Steven Goldman to keynote fPET-2010

By , February 11, 2010 4:23 pm

Noted philosopher and historian of science and technology, Steven L. Goldman, Lehigh University will give give an invited keynote lecture entitled Beyond Satisficing: Design, Trade Offs and the Rationality of Engineering at the 2010 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET-2010) to be held 9-10 May 2010 at the Colorado School of Mines.

More information is available here.

Philosophy & engineering meeting, fPET-2010, call for abstracts extended until 15 January

By , December 28, 2009 10:38 am

The 2010 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology or fPET-2010 (to be held as a one-day intensive event on 9-10 May 2010, Sunday Evening-Monday, at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO) has extended the deadline for abstract submission until 15 January 2010 (Friday).

An extended call for papers is available as a pdf file (here) or online (here).  Inquiries about fPET-2010 can be sent to co-chairs Diane Michelfelder ( or Dave Goldberg (

TwEETI: Twitter for engineering education

By , October 18, 2009 1:26 pm

The Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (aPIE2) is pleased to launch a new initiative.  In particular, starting Monday, 19 October 2009 at the 2009 IEEE Frontiers in Education the Twitter for Engineering Education Transformation and Innovation (TwEETI) initiative will begin.

More information on the TwEETI initiative is availabe at the TwEETI tab of the website, but the idea is to encourage more engineering educators and friends of engineering education to start using twitter to share and vet interesting innovations and deveopments in engineering education.

Existing twitter accounts can join by simply following @apie2.  aPIE2 will itself follow accounts with significant engineering education content or information of interest to educators and friends of engineering education.  Those not on twitter who would like to participate can sign up by following the instructions here.

For more information contact Dave Goldberg ( or (@deg511).  @aPIE2, @deg511, and @iFoundry will twitter IEEE FIE live and others attending the conference are invited to join in.  The hash tag for FIE will be #fie09.

Save the date: fPET-2010, 9-10 May 2010 (Sun Eve-Monday)

By , September 20, 2009 3:51 pm

The 2010 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, & Technology has issued its first call for papers (here).  The event, an outgrowth of the 2007 and 2008 Workshop on Philosophy & Engineering (at Delft and London) will be held 9-10 May 2010 at the Colorado School of Mines as a one-day intensive event.  Abstracts are due 28 December 2009 (Monday).  More information about the fPET-2010 is available on the website or on twitter @philengtech.

aPIE2 website sports new look

By , September 13, 2009 5:58 pm

The Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (aPIE2) website is undergoing some renovation with the help of Xavier Llora at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Reforming the first year engineering experience

By , May 27, 2009 3:44 pm

Alliance member, author (see here), and EotF2.0 Advisory Board member, Jay Brockman (University of Notre Dame), passes along the following important announcement:

August 2-4, 2009 (Sunday-Tuesday, US)

Purpose of the workshop: To equip attendees with both a development process and access to resources needed to design and implement a successful project-based, introductory engineering program, tailored to their institutions.


University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (Lead Site)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA
University of California, Merced CA
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Description: Working in breakout teams at each site, attendees will explore best practices for a range of issues involved in the development of a first-year engineering program.  Plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers from academia and industry will be linked by video conference.  Topics to be explored will include:

  • What is an effective process for developing a transformative and sustainable course or program that will meet the needs of stakeholders in your institution?
  • What are the key issues to building a bridge for students between high school and an engineering major in college?
  • How can you effectively use projects to create an “authentic” engineering experience in a first year course?  What are the advantages of this approach?  How can we assess work in such a course?
  • What are some of the existing best practices in first-year engineering courses and how can we best facilitate sharing of this material?

Who should attend?

  • Instructors and administrators of four-year college engineering programs for first-year students
  • Instructors and administrators of two-year college programs that feed into bachelor’s degree programs in engineering
  • Developers and instructors of high school pre-engineering programs
  • Representatives of government, industry, and funding organizations who want to support and help to shape introductory engineering programs and curriculum

For more information or to register:  visit

For additional questions, contact:

Notre Dame site participants:  Jay Brockman 574-631-8810
California site participants:  Stephanie Couch 916-440-8800
Australia site participants:  Roger Hadgraft 03-8344-4226


The Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (APIE2)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Australasian Association for Engineering Education
The Corporation for Educational Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
K-20 California Education Technology Collaborative
National Science Foundation
University of Notre Dame
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Engineering

Diff-Eq & SGPB blogs cover APIE2

By , April 12, 2009 3:38 pm

Diff-Eq blog, a blog devoted to math and science education, picked up on APIE2 and the transformation proclamation here.  So did the Southern Growth Policy Board here.

Sign the Transformation Proclamation to change engineering education

By , April 1, 2009 4:15 pm

At Olin College today, at 5:15 pm, attendees at the Summit on the Engineer of the Future 2.0 signed the “transformation proclamation” to promote change in engineering education in harmony with the practice of engineering in the 21st century.

The transformation proclamation is the founding document of a larger grassroots Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (APIE2).  APIE2 seeks to connect the dots between different individuals, institutions, and organizations in the furtherance of principled change in engineering education.

Individuals including students, educators, and friends of engineering education who wish to read and possibly sign the document can go to the online petition site here.

For more information about the transformation proclamation or APIE2 contact Sherra Kerns or Dave Goldberg.

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