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Dean Bardet Hosts SHPE Deans' Summit

Sunday, November 18, 2012

UT Arlington Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet and Dean Emir José Macari of Cal State Sacramento co-chaired the Deans' Summit at the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers National Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

The assembled deans engaged in discussion about current issues in STEM education and national competitiveness. Catherine Didion of the National Academy of Engineering spoke about partnerships between community colleges and 4-year universities. Norman Fortenberry of ASEE spoke about best practices in the STEM education of Hispanic youth. Edwin Knox of Essex County (NJ) College presented his College’s joint admission agreement with NJIT. Richard Schoephoerster of UT El Paso spoke about building partnerships and pathways to address the Grand Challenge for engineering education. Richard Smith of the NSF discussed opportunities across the National Science Foundation. Kamlesh Lulla of NASA discussed STEM education opportunities at NASA Johnson Space Center. Chuck Villareal of Lockheed-Martin spoke about the importance of STEM education to shaping and motivating the workforce.  

“The Summit was a wonderful opportunity for Engineering Deans and their representatives to discuss issues related to Latino/Hispanic representation in our professions,” said Macari. “As the Latino/Hispanic population continues to grow in our country, we will need to ensure better representation in order to help our country's technology-driven economy.”