LITEE Distinguished Lecturer Turns to discuss audience chosen topic

Published: Nov 30, 2009 2:26:00 PM
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Laboratory for Technology and Engineering Education (LITEE) Distinguished Lecturer Stephen R. Turns, professor of mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University, asks the question "Why Teach or Learn - Your Subject" on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 1:15 p.m. in 202 Ross Hall. Turn's subject will be picked from audience response.

Turns received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Pennsylvania State University faculty in 1979 and from 1996-2000 served as professor-in-charge of its mechanical and nuclear engineering graduate programs. Turns has received numerous teaching awards, including the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching from Penn State and the American Society of Engineering Education's Ralph Coats Roe Award.

Turns is a researcher in the fields of combustion, combustion-generated air pollution and engineering pedagogy. His diverse work has been supported by General Motors, the U.S. Air Force, the Gas Research Institute, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Turns has served as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology representing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since 1994.