Karen Nesbitt, 334/844-3591


AUBURN -- Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will host the 2004 annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section April 4-6.

The conference, which will focus on the new methods and tools educators need to ensure that classroom content remains current and reflects the latest technological advances, will be at the AU Hotel and Dixon Conference Center.

The theme will be "Educating Engineers for the Information Age."

"This conference provides a forum for the exchange and evaluation of cutting edge educational ideas," says P.K. Raju, conference chair and member of the AU mechanical engineering faculty. "ASEE remains the only organization that seeks to promote excellence in engineering education across the full spectrum of engineering fields."

The Southeastern section of ASEE was formed in 1934 and has grown to about 1,500 members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

"This is the first time Auburn has been chosen to host the conference, which will bring to our campus approximately 150 delegates from Southeastern engineering schools," said Raju. "It will provide an opportunity for our faculty and students to showcase their education and research activities while simultaneously learning from their peers."

There will be an exhibition in conjunction with the conference to give business partners the opportunity to display products and services directly to the largest audience of engineering educators in the Southeast.

"This conference is testament to ASEE's mission of promoting and improving engineering and technology education," says engineering Dean Larry Benefield. "Partnering with industry helps us as educators to produce quality engineers, not just in Alabama but across the region and nation."

There will be a workshop entitled "Bringing Theory and Practice Together in Engineering Classrooms" on April 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sponsored by the Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education of AU and the National Science Foundation, the hands-on workshop will encourage engineering faculty members to experiment with innovative educational materials that prepare students for real-world problem-solving and train them in team building, interaction, and interdisciplinary skills.

The workshop has been designated as an official dissemination channel for the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education. It will be presented by members of Auburn's engineering and business faculty and will feature other speakers. A $100 fee includes instructional materials, meals and refreshments. To register, click here and then click on and click on Workshops; or call or email Janice Drummond. at 334/844-3360.

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