Over the past five years, we have seen the continued evolution in engineering education as professors challenged students to “do engineering” in new application areas. This has resulted in more engaged students preparing to tackle society’s grand challenges. As we look forward to the next five years, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) departments around the world have an enormous opportunity to drive the methodologies and technology that will transform communication, transportation, and the way we interact with the physical world. These changes are all being driven by areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless communication. Today’s educators need to determine how to integrate these subjects into innovative teaching across the curriculum, from foundational topics to unbounded projects to groundbreaking research. In this session, we will examine how the research and application of IoT, 5G, mmWave, and other cutting-edge technologies are creating the ever-increasing student expectation that courses, laboratories, and projects must incorporate these topics. Through case studies and personal insight, we will also share how we believe ECE departments around the globe can foster an innovative path to discovery.
- Review mega trends in technology that are creating opportunities for ECE students, researchers, and departments
- Discover examples of schools changing traditional teaching approaches by integrating hands-on approaches to wireless communications and the impact they are having
how engineering system design will enable students to tackle ambitious engineering problems like autonomous vehicles, the IoT and 5G
|Andy Bell |
Director, Academic Programs
As Director of Academic Programs, Andy Bell oversees a team whose mission is to empower discovery in undergraduate classrooms, graduate-level studies, and advanced research.
Since joining NI in 2000, Bell has held positions spanning from field and applications engineering to leading strategic partnerships with organizations such as FIRST Robotics and Project Lead the Way.
Previously, Bell has also worked for LEGO Education as the Director of Innovation and Alliances where he focused on transforming K-12 STEM education through the development and improved use of robotics technology.
Bell serves on several advisory boards including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB), and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA).
Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a certificate in Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech.