Frontiers in Education Conference Hosted by WPI

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, MA - September 19, 2002 - The Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education, the IEEE Education Society and the IEEE Computer Society comes to Boston this year. The four-day conference, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will focus on software engineering, programs in globalization, innovative degree programs, learning technologies, K-12 initiatives and women in engineering.

The conference, which is held annually, brings together innovative educators in engineering and computer science from colleges and universities throughout the United States, and will be held November 6-9, 2002.

"This conference continues a 31-year tradition of promoting the widespread dissemination of innovations in engineering and computer science education. This conference is one of the two most important, annual, international conferences totally devoted to improvements in engineering education," said general chair John Orr, who is head of WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Interactive pre-conference workshops include programs as varied as applying software engineering principles to course development to building your own personal robot. Program presentations and panels include advanced classroom technology, retention of underrepresented students, teaching entrepreneurship and invention and K-12 initiatives to increase the pool of students considering engineering.

Keynote speaker is Robert Lucky, a central figure in the information revolution and a recognized author and commentator on where that revolution is taking engineers and society. Dr. Lucky is corporate vice president of applied research at Telcordia Technologies. He is an IEEE fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

For more information about the conference, visit the WPI website at: https://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/FIE2002/

About WPI

WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education, and is recognized as one of the leading outcomes-oriented undergraduate programs preparing people for success in our technological world. Since its founding in 1865, WPI has broadened and perfected an influential curriculum that balances theory and practice.

This innovative and unique combination of educational methods, learning environment and a worldwide network of project centers is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Its main campus is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, with branch campuses in Waltham and Westborough, Massachusetts and a virtual campus on the world wide web. WPI supports the academic and research pursuits of over 2,800 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 220 faculty pursuing opportunities to blend technological research and practice with societal needs, delivering meaningful real-world benefits.

For over a century, WPI has awarded advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as the management of technology and business. Our alumni include Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry; Harold Black, inventor of the principle of negative-feedback; Carl Clark, inventor of the first practical airbag safety system; Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable drug infusion pump; and many others who contribute to the transformation of our technological world.