Mario Eden, Joe T. and Billie Carole McMillan associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Eden is one of 53 young engineering educators chosen for developing and implementing innovative approaches to teaching.
"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program creates a unique venue for engineering faculty members to share and explore interesting and effective innovations in teaching and learning,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “We intend for FOEE to become a major force in 21st century engineering education.”
The three-day event provided an opportunity for faculty to share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education and create a charter to bring about improvement in their home institutions. This year's program focused on ways to ensure that students learn fundamentals and the skills necessary to become an effective engineer or researcher. Attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans of their institutions and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.
“By holding this event, we recognized some of the finest young engineering educators in the nation, and equip them to transform the educational process at their universities,” said Edward F. Crawley, Ford Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the chair of the FOEE planning committee.
Eden is a recipient of the 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2007 William F. Walker Superior Teaching award, 2009 Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award for Excellence and has twice been honored with the Outstanding Faculty Member award in Auburn’s Department of Chemical Engineering. His research involves developing systematic methodologies for process and product synthesis, design, integration and optimization. Eden earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
The 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by the O’Donnell Foundation, an organization that supports engineering, science and mathematics education. The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that advises the government and public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements.