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Opportunities For Engineering Education Funding At The National Science Foundation

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Educational Research Initiatives at NSF

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9.966.1 - 9.966.10



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Krishna Vedula

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Session Number 2675

Opportunities for Engineering Education Funding at the National Science Foundation Krishna Vedula Program Officer Division of Engineering Education Centers (ENG) & Division of Undergraduate Education (EHR) National Science Foundation

Abstract NSF has become increasingly concerned with the need for changes in undergraduate engineering education to meet the challenges of the changing workforce as well as with the need for fostering more diversity of the student body in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines and in the S&E (Science and Engineering) workforce in the country. During recent years several programs have been initiated with focus on learning and teaching and on improving the quality of undergraduate engineering education. In all NSF programs emphasis is on better integration research and teaching, assessment of outcomes as well as the broader impact of the outcomes. A particular focus of NSF is on recruiting and retaining youth from underrepresented groups into the STEM disciplines and on technological literacy of everyone.

Several programs at NSF encourage partnerships between higher education, K-12, industry and other agencies to address these serious issues of national concern. This presentation will provide an overview of some of these programs and set the stage for subsequent speakers in the session to provide details on some of them.

Introduction The Mission of NSF is to promote the progress of science in order to advance national health, prosperity and welfare; to secure national defense; and for other purposes. The Strategic Goals of NSF are to ensure that NSF investments produce outcomes at the core of the research and education enterprise: a world-class science and engineering workforce; new knowledge across the frontiers of science and engineering; and the tools to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Expressed simply as People, Ideas, and Tools (PIT) these long-term strategic goals reflect the changing role and increased significance of science and engineering in the 21st Century.

In particular, the emphasis on the People Goal, is relevant to engineering educators. This goal is to ensure a diverse, competitive and globally-engaged U.S. workforce of scientists, engineers, technologists and well-prepared citizens. Leadership in today’s knowledge economy requires world-class scientists and engineers and a “Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education"

Vedula, K. (2004, June), Opportunities For Engineering Education Funding At The National Science Foundation Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13285

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