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Nov 13 2020

Enhancing Learning and Inclusivity in Electrical Engineering

ECE 595 Department Seminar Series

November 13, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Chicago, IL 60706

Enhancing Learning and Inclusivity in Electrical Engineering

Presenter: Susan M. Lord, University of San Diego

Abstract: How can we educate students to be the most effective engineers when they graduate? What does it take to attract a broader range of students to electrical and computer engineering?  What curricular efforts could support both of these goals? These are important questions for the discipline. As part of an NSF-funded Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant, “Developing Changemaking Engineers,” the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSE) at the University of San Diego (USD) is working to address these questions.

Hear about a study that explores a large, multi-institutional, longitudinal dataset of engineering undergraduates. Hear a description of the type of student who is currently attracted to engineering, and how the field of electrical engineering fares compared to other engineering disciplines. Then, learn of one promising approach to change the demographics of the electrical engineering student body and to increase the learning that happens in the undergraduate curriculum. The approach entails reframing electrical engineering from a purely technical discipline to one which is socio-technical. Modules developed by Lord for Circuits that accomplish this will be presented.

Speaker bio: Susan M. Lord received a BS from Cornell University in materials science and electrical engineering, and both her MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.  She is currently professor and chair of integrated engineering at the University of San Diego. Lord's research focuses on the study and promotion of diversity in engineering, including student pathways and inclusive teaching. She is co-director of the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI). Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Lord is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Society for Engineering Education, and is active in the engineering education community including serving as president of the IEEE Education Society, associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE), and associate editor of  the Journal of Engineering Education. She is on the USD team implementing “Developing Changemaking Engineers,” an NSF-sponsored Revolutionizing Engineering Education project. Lord received the 2018 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Faculty host: Renata A. Revelo Alonso,

This presentation will not be recorded


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Date posted

Nov 12, 2020

Date updated

Nov 17, 2020