Fostering growing and leading innovation are important in academia. Brian Anderson, assistant professor in West Virginia University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, has been recognized for doing both and will soon be showing the nation exactly how he accomplishes it.

Anderson was recently one of just 52 other young engineering educators selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s second annual Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

The 2�-day event provides these young professors with a place where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. This year’s program will focus on ways to ensure that students learn the engineering fundamentals, the expanding knowledge base of new technology and the skills necessary to be an effective engineer or engineering researcher.

“I am honored to be invited to participate in the workshop,” Anderson said. “I know that throughout my career I want to continue to become a better teacher, and the techniques that I will learn from and share with my colleagues will help me grow as an engineering educator.”

“WVU’s Chemical Engineering faculty regularly win teaching awards and have been known for teaching innovations for at least the last 60 years,” said Rakesh Gupta, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. “The selection of Professor Brian Anderson is a reaffirmation of this tradition of excellence in teaching. It represents an opportunity for us to share our methods of engineering education with others and to help shape the future of engineering education nationally.”

Click below to hear Brian Anderson talk about attending the Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

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Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from WVU in 2000, and a master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2005, respectively. His research focuses on energy technologies.

Click below to hear Anderson discuss some of his teaching methods.

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The symposium will be held Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, California.



CONTACT: Nicole Riggleman, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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