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Faculty Members Participate in National Academy of Engineering Symposium

FORT MYERS, FL - Two faculty members in Florida Gulf Coast University's U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering were recently selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's First Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held Nov. 15-18 in Herndon, Va.

Assistant professor Tanya Kunberger and associate professor Lisa Zidek were among 49 of the nation's brightest young engineering researchers and educators selected to take part in the symposium.

The 49 participants represent 41 schools. FGCU is one of four schools with more than one representative. The other three schools are Purdue University, University of Pittsburgh, and Northwestern University.

"This is an exciting opportunity for FGCU to demonstrate the high quality of its faculty and programs on a national level," said founding director of U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering Susan Blanchard.

Kunberger, a geotechnical engineer, was selected for her ability to provide active-learning, hands-on, collaborative exercises for her courses, an approach that was adopted by the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering's faculty to help prepare FGCU's engineering students for 21st century challenges.

Zidek, an industrial engineer whose focus is on local and global health care engineering, has integrated service learning and entrepreneurship into a two-course sequence that provides students with opportunities to help address community-based needs.

The program will focus on effective ways to ensure that students learn the engineering fundamentals, the expanding knowledge base of new technology, and the skills necessary to be an effective engineer or engineering researcher.

The 2009 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by the O'Donnell Foundation.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the 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. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.

For more information, media representatives should contact Blanchard at (239) 590-7399.

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