Magazine article ASEE Prism

Recognizing Our Members' Expertise

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Recognizing Our Members' Expertise

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In July, I attended the Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors, and Presidents of the Association of African Universities (AAU). This continentwide meeting of university leaders was focused on "The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Promoting the Continental Education Strategy for Africa," and I gave a plenary talk on how ASEE could contribute to the meetings goals. I emphasized the centrality of engineering to addressing a variety of global challenges and provided background on the broad mandate of ASEE as a society of academic engineering encompassing teaching, research, and service. I also emphasized the very broad community of members and stakeholders of the Society Finally, I spoke of how ASEE as an organization and individual members might directly provide aid and assistance to AAU and its member institutions by offering input and assistance on accreditation preparation, curricula, instructional innovation, laboratory renewal, and collaboration in both technical and engineering education research.

To leverage such opportunities, the Board authorized creation of an "ASEE Specialist Program." This is a register of ASEE members who have indicated a willingness to serve as either paid or unpaid consultants in their areas of expertise to individuals or organizations. In response to a specific request, participating members will have the opportunity to specify their consulting rate, their geographic areas of interest, and how much time they would be able to commit. …

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