Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education

       The Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE) is a five year grant funded by the National Science Foundation. CAEE is an interwoven partnership of campuses, academic disciplines, affiliates and people of diverse backgrounds all working to understand and improve the undergraduate engineering student learning experience. Five universities are involved in the center: Colorado School of Mines, Howard University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington. CAEE is comprised of three components: Scholarship on Learning Engineering (SoL), Scholarship on Teaching Engineering (SoT), and the Institute for Scholarship on Engineering Education.

     The primary focus of this presentation is on the Scholarship of Learning Engineering (SoL) element. The goals of SoL are to understand how engineering students navigate their education and become engineers; explore how possible misalignments between university and workplace practices impact preparation for and retention in the engineering professions; understand variation of engineering learning and educational experiences across social categories of gender, ethnic and geographic diversity; and identify the conceptual foundations students need in order to deeply understand and practice engineering. In depth longitudinal studies of engineering students' educational experiences and transitions to the workplace are being conducted. Research methods include surveys, interviews, ethnographic observations, and review of academic records.

For Additional Information Contact: Ashley R. Griffin, M.S. (202) 806-5096; ar rig ff nnhoward.edu

Lorraine N. Fleming, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Kimarie Engerman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate Ashley R. Griffin, M.S., Graduate Research Assistant