Batangas State University officials led by President Tirso Ronquillo (top right) and Dr. Sheryl Sorby (top left), past president and fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and fellow of the advisory board of the CIEE. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
A pioneer in engineering education efforts, Batangas State University (BatStateU), through its Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE), organized successfully its 1st international conference on innovations in engineering education (ICIEE) on the theme âEngineering educators: active drivers of Innovationâ organized virtually via Zoom Webinars on November 10 and 11.
With 783 participants representing 50 local higher education institutions (HEIs) and 12 international institutions, universities and professional organizations, the conference served as an engaging platform for academics, researchers and educators to convene and spark intellectual discussions, refresh perspectives and share expertise, best practices and experience that will benefit academia, industry and relevant government bodies, as well as other key sectors involved in nation building and nation building world.
At the opening ceremony of the conference, BatStateU President Dr Tirso Ronquillo welcomed participants and highlighted the university’s pioneering efforts to rethink engineering education through CIEE – the official arm of the university for advancing engineering education.
“We consider this conference to be one of the largest engineering education conferences ever held in the country. We are very fortunate to be able to feature world-renowned personalities, professionals, experts and researchers who would certainly spark in-depth discussions, best practices and experiences and innovations in engineering education, âexplained Ronquillo.
Dr Sheryl Sorby, Past President and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Member of the Advisory Board of CIEE, delivered the keynote address on “Innovating Today Towards the Engineer’s Mindset from the future “. She presented the current efforts of ASEE to examine the current state of engineering education and engineering technologies in the preparation of engineers and ways to fundamentally improve access, diversity, the success and preparation of undergraduate engineering students.
âAs President of ASEE last year, I appointed a task force to redesign the engineering curriculum to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our programs and to promote better learning for the jobs of tomorrow, âshe explained during her presentation.
The conference also included plenary sessions, panel discussions and masterclasses with experts from the Philippines, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and the Netherlands. as resource persons.
During the plenary sessions, the speakers were Professor Gong Ke, President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and Dr Xu Lihui from the International Center for Engineering Education (ICEE) – joint plenary session on â Continuing Role of Engineering Education for Achieving the SDGs: UNESCO Engineering Report 2021 â; Dr Sarah Ann Rajala, At-Large Director (2021-2022) of the Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) – âQuality Assurance in Engineering Educationâ; and Aldert Kamp, co-director of the CDIO initiative – âMatching Future-Fit Engineering Education with the CDIO Frameworkâ.
The roundtable on inclusion and diversity in engineering education included Eng. Federico Monsada, CIEE Advisory Board Member, President of the Technological Council of the Philippines (PTC) and Former President of the Federation of ASEAN Engineering Organizations (AFEO); Teacher. Madya Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan, Head of the Engineering Education Research Group (RGEE) and member of the Engineering Education Center (CEE) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM); Ing. Yetunde Adeobola Holloway, President of Women in Engineering at WFEO and Founder of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) in Lagos, Nigeria; and Ing. Dr. Cho Win Maw, Acting Chairman, Vice Chairman and Evaluator of the Myanmar Engineering Council (MEC).
The Roundtable on Teaching and Learning in the New Normal: Best Practices in South East Asia brought together Dr. Helene Leong of, Co-Director and Regional Manager (Asia), CDIO Initiative and Director, Development Department of education, Singapore Polytechnic; Professor Satesh Narayana Namasivayam, Associate Director of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society and Professor of Engineering and Science at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia Campus; and Assoc. Dr. Natha Kuptasthien, Director of Graduate Studies Office at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) and key person of the CDIO Initiative for Thailand.
Parallel masterclasses were conducted by Sin-Moh Cheah, Senior Academic Mentor and Head of Teaching and Learning Unit at the School of Chemical and Life Sciences, Singapore Polytechnic – “Advances in integrated learning experiences using the basic principles of learning â; Professor Haydn HD Chen, Founding Vice President of the Asian Society for Engineering Education (AsiaSEE) and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – “Innovation of Engineering for the Future Universities â; Dr Lim Chee Leong of Taylor’s, Director of Innovation and Learning Development (LID) at the Center for Future Learning, Taylor’s University (Malaysia) – âRedesigning Learning for Effective Engagement in the Virtual Learning Environmentâ; and Dr. Jennifer Culver, educational consultant at the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC).
The conference also featured the announcement of the top 10 winning teams of the Innovation Challenge Competition, a thematic competition that challenges HEI students to imagine, innovate and present solutions that meet the SDGs.
These teams will have to follow an innovation program to improve the minimum viable products, conduct validation activities and prepare for the last day of demonstration and presentation scheduled for December 6 and 7 at the 5th International Research Conference on Innovations. in engineering, science and technology (IRCIE 5).
ICIEE 2021 is only hosted by CIEE in time for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the College of Engineering and the 118th anniversary of the founding of BatStateU as a higher education institution.