The annual Innovation Conference brings together students, faculty, alumni, and staff to celebrate engineering education at Jacobs School of Engineering.
We invite students to speak about their project accomplishments and report on experiences that may help foster engagement in and relevance to engineering education. The conference will include faculty speakers discussing the future of engineering education and emerging engineering pedagogy.
Our goal is to form a discourse within our engineering community on the direction of education, pedagogy, and new innovative tools and approaches to supporting our students educational experience. We welcome new ideas and disruptive paradigms that support diversity in learning and thought.
This conference welcomes everyone interested in education and engineering.
"Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been."
Dr. Hortense Gerardo is a playwright, filmmaker, and anthropologist, and serves as the Director of the Anthropology, Performance, and Technology (APT) program at the University of California, San Diego.. Dr. Gerardo is a co-founder of the Asian American Playwright Collective (AAPC) and currently serves on the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Council and on the Board of Directors of the Woods Hole Film Festival leading the Screenwriting Competition. Dr. Gerardo received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Anthropology and Performing Arts from Boston University.
Van Den Einde is a Teaching Professor in Structural Engineering at UCSD. She incorporates education innovations into courses (Peer Instruction, Project-based learning), prepares next generation faculty through TA Training, serves as advisor to student organizations, and is committed to fostering a supportive environment for diverse students. Her research focuses on engagement strategies for large classrooms and developing K-16 curriculum in earthquake engineering and spatial visualization.
This past summer (2020) Professor Nguyen and a team of graduate students and undergraduate students worked together to help incoming transfer students prepare their technical and professional skills for job hunting. Students were exposed to a myriad of skills such as machine learning, python, android app development and connected with alumni and campus resources to help them along in their academic and career planning journey.