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Professor Cappelleri Selected for National Academy of Engineering Symposium

Stevens Institute of Technology's Professor David J. Cappelleri has recently been selected for the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium, held this year in Irvine, California on November 13-16.

Dr. Cappelleri is one of 65 young engineering educators participating in this NAE initiative to encourage cutting edge engineering curricula in the United States and cultivate future leaders in the field. Coming from dozens of leading private and public institutions of higher learning, FOEE 2011 attendees will share their ideas and explore innovative methods that enhance the engineering teaching and learning environment. Participants were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly selective pool of applicants.

As the 2010-2011 Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Assistant Professor, Dr. Cappelleri has already demonstrated an innovative, forward-looking approach to Mechanical Engineering instruction at Stevens. Since arriving in January 2009, he has designed two new courses that promote active learning in the classroom and use project-based and self-directed learning experiences to enhance student engagement. His research on robotics and automation from the macro to nano scale has drawn the interest of many students in robotics-related organizations and competitions on campus.

"We are proud of Dr. Cappelleri's accomplishment and dedication to engineering education," reports Dr. Constantin Chassapis, Director of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science. "His appointment is a positive reflection of the school's dedication to developing innovative programs that provide graduates with the skills and insight to be highly competitive in a global market."

The NAE, as an independent institution serving as advisor to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology, takes the education of engineers seriously. With a shortfall of engineers in the United States expected in the coming decades, programs like FOEE are designed to build the infrastructure for attracting and retaining high-quality engineers prepared for 21st century challenges. The 2011 symposium will focus on teaching leading-edge engineering knowledge, project-based learning, active and self-directed learning, and assessment of student learning and education innovation.