March 18: Prof to discuss his experiences with Engineers Without Borders


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2:44 p.m., March 16, 2011----Steven Dentel, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will discuss his experiences working with students in Engineers Without Borders at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 18, in Room 205 of Brown Laboratory.

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Part of the “Speaking of Teaching... ” Roundtable Series, the talk is sponsored by the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Academic Technology Services (ATS), the Service Learning Office and the Office of the Provost.

“In engineering and other highly technical curricula, the ability to attract, retain and properly train undergraduates can be impeded by the 'dry' nature of much core material,” Dentel said. “For example, the ability to formulate and solve a problem in mathematical terms provides little reward for the student who needs 'real world' connections. While these core technical abilities must be acquired, a strong linkage to the ultimate context and applications fortifies the learning experience and motivates those students who otherwise would lose interest.”

In his March 18 talk, Dentel will discuss the inspiration that students have derived from their efforts in Engineers Without Borders and how it has driven them with a passion well beyond what they've been given in conventional coursework.

Registration is encouraged.

For more information and to register, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning website.