Timothy J. Reynolds, PE
Keynote SpeakerPrincipal, TreanorHL Science & Technology
Timothy J. Reynolds, PE
Tim has over thirty-five years of experience in the architecture and engineering fields. For nearly his entire career, Tim has focused his efforts on the integrated design of technically complex and challenging facilities. For the past twenty years, he has been providing planning and design guidance on science, engineering, research, instructional and animal facilities projects. During this time, his roles and responsibilities have included Principal‐in‐Charge duties, project management, laboratory planning, programming, electrical engineering design, and the integration of infrastructure and engineering systems. Tim believes and is committed to the philosophy that successful design solutions for complex facilities must be holistic in nature. This holistic philosophy applies not only to the design solutions, but to the entire design team. This team includes Owner’s representatives (administrators, facilities personnel, faculty members and researchers, students, veterinary and animal care staff members, etc.) as well as design professionals representing all design disciplines. The synergy and expertise of this holistic team allows for the development of planning and design solutions that are specifically tailored to the complex and unique challenges of each project.
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Does Space Matter? Changing the Culture of Learning
Thesis : According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 59% of the students who enroll at Universities complete their degree within six (6) years. While this number has slowly increased over the past few years, there are simply too many students that do not succeed in the current culture of higher education. Given the challenges we face in our society and in our communities, our common future demands that we do better. To do so, however, means that we need to challenge long held beliefs about teaching and learning, and the academic spaces where these activities occurs. When it comes to planning and designing new university engineering and/or science facilities there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Best practices and design solutions from prior projects should only be used for perspective, not solutions because every institution and every project is unique. For planning and design solutions to be successful, we must understand the current culture of higher education and the changes necessary to optimize student success. We must focus on aligning new pedagogical approaches and learning space initiatives to enable team based, faculty-to-student and student-to-student interactions. We must address the critical issues associated with understanding what “student success” really means today and in the future in terms of campus wide facilities and space types. And, we need to understand the necessary level of commitment and engagement needed to maximize the success of every project. Tim will speak to these and other relevant topics during this session.
Norman L. Fortenberry, Sc.D.
Keynote SpeakerExecutive Director, American Society for Engineering Education
Norman L. Fortenberry, Sc.D.
Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry is the executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a global society of individual, institutional, and corporate members founded in 1893. ASEE advances innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession. ASEE is broadly concerned with instruction, research, public service, professional practice, and societal awareness. Previously, Fortenberry served as the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He served in various executive roles at the National Science Foundation (NSF) including as senior advisor to the NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources and as director of the divisions of undergraduate education and human resource development. Fortenberry has also served as executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (The GEM Consortium) and as a faculty member in the department of mechanical engineering at the FloridaA&MUniversity – Florida State University College of Engineering. Dr. Fortenberry was awarded the S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees (all in mechanical engineering) by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Educating the Engineer of 2050
In this talk, ASEE Executive Director Dr. Norman Fortenberry lays out the social and technical context that will shape the education of the engineer of 2050, summarizes relevant findings from the ASEE-led study on Transforming Undergraduate Education of Engineers as well as other relevant reports and highlights current institutional examples that give indication of future trends.