Paper on Engineering Education Earns “Best Paper Award”

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A paper co-written by two faculty members from Rochester Institute of Technology earned a Best Paper Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

“The Scholarship Horizons in Engineering Technology: Choosing the Best Path” was co-written by Abi Aghayere, associate professor of civil engineering technology, Wiley McKinzie, dean of RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, and four directors of engineering technology programs in the U.S. The paper was written as part of the Engineering Technology Council Task Force on Scholarship.

Engineering technology programs traditionally are applied in nature and focus on practice-oriented education. In the paper, the authors discuss the importance and relevance of engineering technology scholarship, faculty workload (teaching, scholarship and service) models, and evaluation, challenges and opportunities of engineering technology scholarship.

Aghayere presented the paper and two others at the American Society for Engineering Education’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. Aghayere, of Henrietta, has been on the RIT faculty since 1996.