Keynote Speakers


“The Drexel Engineering Curriculum and its Impact on the Electrical and

Computer Engineering Program”


Dr. Nihat Bilgutay Drexel University


Dr. Nihat Bilgutay is currently a Professor and Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University.  He is active in the national effort to restructure and reform engineering education.  He has played a leadership role in the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition and is currently an alternate member of the Governing Board.   He also served as the PI for the NSF funded Graduate Engineering Education Fellowship Program at Drexel University for Women and Minorities.  Dr. Bilgutay received his BSEE from Bradley University and his MSEE and PhD degrees from Purdue University.  He will be speaking on the impact of specific engineering curriculum changes and their impact on the electrical and computer engineering program at Drexel.


“Helping New Faculty Succeed and Using Course Revision for Faculty Development”


Dr. Bruce Litchfield University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Bruce Litchfield is a Professor and Assistant Dean of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Litchfield serves as an advisor in the college's Academic Programs Office and directs the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education.  He initiated the faculty development program, Teaching College, a project to improve instruction in the College of Engineering.   The outcomes and issues involved in the Teaching College program will be the topic of Dr. Litchfield’s talk.  Dr. Litchfield received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MS and PhD in Food and Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University.


Faculty Development Workshop

“Cooperative Learning and the New Paradigm for Engineering Education”


Dr. Karl Smith University of Minnesota (see bio in “Opening Session”)