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U495J·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Preparing Engineers for the Workforce of the Future
Workshop Sponsored Workshops
Sun. June 25, 2023 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 344, Baltimore Convention Center
Session Description

Free ticketed event
Increasing the success of students involves a complex network of strategies and tools. Participants will evaluate approaches for recruiting, retaining, and graduating engineering students. Attendees will evaluate current technologies, such as ChatGPT, and discuss their impact on the learning process.
Through discussion, workshop participants will develop a roadmap of appropriate strategies to implement specific to their level of students.

  1. Dr. Kristi J. Shryock
    Texas A&M University

    Kristi J. Shryock, Ph.D., is the Frank and Jean Raymond Foundation Inc. Endowed Associate Professor in Multidisciplinary Engineering and Affiliated Faculty in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. She also serves as Director of the Craig and Galen Brown Engineering Honors Program and Director of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program. She received her BS, MS, and PhD from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M. She has made extensive contributions to the methodology of forming the engineer of the future through her work in creating strategies to recruit, retain, and graduate engineering students. The network of transformational strategies she has developed includes informing early, addressing preparation for success, increasing diversity of the field, establishing strong identity as an engineer, and enhancing critical thinking and professional skills.

  2. Dr. Karan Watson P.E.
    Texas A&M University

    Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., is currently Provost Emeritus and a Regents Senior Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, having joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1983 as an Assistant Professor. She served as the Co-Director of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation and is currently a distinguished fellow of this Institute. She has served in numerous administrative roles at Texas A&M University, including: provost and executive vice president, vice provost, dean of faculties and associate provost, interim VP for diversity, associate dean of Engineering, and program chair for interdisciplinary engineering. Dr. Watson is a fellow of three organizations: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), American Society for Engineering Education, and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Her awards and recognitions include the U.S. President’s Award for Mentoring Minorities and Women in Science and Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science mentoring award, the IEEE International Undergraduate Teaching Medal, the American Society for Engineering Education Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous faculty awards at Texas A&M University. She has served as President of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the President of the Education Society of IEEE.