Oct. 17, 2011

Bhaskaran, Butcher to participate in engineering symposium

Cornell faculty members Rajesh Bhaskaran and Jonathan Butcher are among 65 researchers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's third Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium, Nov. 13-16.

The conference, to held in Irvine, Calif., invites early-career faculty members who are "developing and implementing innovative educational approaches" in their engineering disciplines. They will share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institutions.

Bhaskaran, senior lecturer in mechanical and aerospace engineering, is interested in integration of modern computer-based simulation technology into the mechanical and aerospace engineering curriculum. His efforts are directed not only at providing students with a solid foundation in the use of simulation technology, but also at enhancing the learning experience through this technology.

Butcher, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, conducts a research program on understanding the roles of mechanical forces in shaping cardiovascular morphogenesis and adult disease with an emphasis on heart valves. His long-term objectives include discovery of novel disease paradigms and regenerative strategies.

The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

This year's program will focus on teaching leading-edge engineering knowledge, project-based learning, active and self-directed learning, and assessment of student learning and education innovation.