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NSF Workshop - Developing a NSF Research Agenda Around MOOCs in Engineering Education

Friday, March 21
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Don Millard
    Don Millard
Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education & Human Resources
National Science Foundation

Dr. Millard is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education within the Directorate for Education & Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. He is involved in the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program, the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program, and leads the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (TUES) program. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Millard was the Director of Engineering Education and the Academy of Electronic Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  During his many years at Rensselaer, he served as a faculty member of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Department and directed a number of research centers; including the Center for Integrated Electronics.

Yacob Astatke
  Yacob Astatke
Associate Chair, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Morgan State University

Dr. Yacob Astatke currently serves as the Associate Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Morgan State University. He has been selected as the winner of the “2013 National Outstanding Teaching Award,” by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). For the past five years, he has been a leader in the development and delivery of electrical engineering laboratory experiments to on-campus and online students using state of the art portable laboratory instrumentation such as the Mobile StudioTM and recently released Analog DiscoveryTM boards. He played a leading role in the development of the first completely online undergraduate Electrical Engineering program in the State of Maryland.  Dr. Astatke  travels to his native country Ethiopia and other African countries every summer to provide training and guest lectures related to the use of the mobile laboratory technology and innovative teaching pedagogy to enhance the ECE curriculum.

Ping Hsu
  Ping Hsu
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research
San Jose State University

Ping Hsu received his PhD in EE from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.  He then joined the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  In 1990, he joined the  faculty of Department of Electrical Engineering at San Jose State University and later he served as the Associate Dean and interim Dean. In 2011, he oversaw a pilot project of using MOOC materials in teaching a circuit analysis course at SJSU.  He is presently a professor in the EE department and the Associate Dean for Research of the College of Engineering..   His research area includes: control theory, robotics, power electronics, and renewable energy systems.

Andreina Parisi Amon
  Andreina Parisi-Amon
Partnership Manager

Dr. Andreina Parisi-Amon is a Partnership Manager at Coursera, where she helped launch the Teacher Professional Development and K-12 initiatives. Andreina works with instructors from a variety of institutions to help develop high quality teacher PD on the Coursera platform and focuses on outreach and growth of the teacher PD vertical to make the courses more accessible and useful to teachers all over the world. She also works within the Pedagogy team to use data to innovate and improve the platform to help students learn effectively and empower instructors to reach their teaching goals. Outside of Coursera, Andreina is VP of Programs for Miss CEO, where she develops and teaches leadership curriculum to inspire and empower girls in middle and high school.


  Larry Lagerstrom
Director of Online Learning, School of Engineering
Stanford University

Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Online Learning in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. His degrees include a Ph.D. in history and an M.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Stanford he taught for sixteen years at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis, covering subjects ranging from the history of science and technology to computer science and engineering. He has received three awards for excellence in teaching.

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