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The Engineering Education Frontier

November 23, 2009 8:08 AM

Julia Ross, professor and chair of chemical and biochemical engineering at UMBC, was selected to attend the National Academy of Engineer’s (NAE) first Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Ross joined 49 of the nation’s brightest engineering researchers and educators who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of disciplines and are in the first half of their careers. Ross was the only participant chosen from a Maryland institution.

Ross’s research focuses around the application of chemical engineering principles to examine how cells bind to one another. Her goal is to identify and understand the mechanisms involved in the process so cells can be manipulated to achieve advances in engineering. When it comes to education, Ross feels the need to recruit more students into engineering fields is urgent. Although employment opportunities for engineering graduates are stable, enrollments have declined. Ross’s goal is to attract more students to the engineering fields by preparing them at the high school level. She is currently working on high school curricula that will make this possible.

Ross was nominated by Warren DeVries, dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology and a professor of mechanical engineering.


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