School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News
Jul 11 2014
NYIT Hosts Second Annual NSF-Funded Transforming Undergraduate Education Workshop

On Thursday, May 15, NYIT held it’s second-annual Transforming Undergraduate Education Workshop and luncheon at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. The event, which is funded by a National Science Foundation Grant, is open to high school and college teachers, professors, administrators, and students, and seeks to stimulate interest in STEM fields, in particular among the female and minority demographic. This year’s workshop was specifically geared toward investigating potential avenues toward teaching students to apply STEM learning into the healthcare industry. The goals of the workshop are:

  1. to build applications-oriented wireless networked systems that demonstrate applications of engineering in healthcare;
  2. to attract and motivate undergraduate engineering students to pursue engineering programs of study;
  3. to incorporate faculty research into curriculum development and instruction;
  4. to develop undergraduate research through authentic application-oriented projects for innovations in healthcare.

Attendees had the chance to hear NYIT faculty speak about the ways in which the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum encourages students to envision and explore real-world applications for wireless technologies, and were treated to a showcase of exemplary student engineering projects. Current NYIT students who presented their work also provided valuable insight to high school students about what studying college-level engineering is all about—from day-to-day academics to the NYIT and external resources such as social life and community service opportunites.

The event was organized by Dr. Tao Zhang, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYIT. Dr. Zhang, who is also the Principal Investigator for the NSF grant that supports the workshop, says that her vision for the workshop is that “through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and real-life healthcare-related projects integrated throughout the program, will heighten students’ interest in pursuing Engineering programs and increase enrollment and retention in this major.”

Teachers from high schools across the New York Metropolitan area were in attendance, with representatives from Brentwood High School, Sacred Heart Academy, Saint Demetrios High School of Astoria, Bronx Collegiate Academy, Manhasset High School, and Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School. Also in attendance were members of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations and SUNY-Farmingdale State College. All of these Long-Island regional teachers were recognized by Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, at the event for their contributions to STEM education.

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