The Power of Education in Our Career with Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed

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Today, Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed, the Chief Academic Officer for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), talks about the current state of engineering education — and what it looks like for future engineers.

By elaborating on her ~20 years of experience in academia, she explains how the work of ASEE impacts the engineering education nationwide…for the better. From curriculum design and accreditation to diversity and inclusion.

Given the ever-changing technology engineers use and the new research being done, education has become even more important. For engineers, it’s not limited to the time they spend in school. Rather, it’s a lifelong pursuit.

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Chief Academic Officer for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She has leadership experience with the entire spectrum of engineering education, and most recently served as the Chief Academic Officer & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marygrove College in Detroit.

She is a professor emerita of mechanical engineering and served on the faculty at Kettering University for 18 years, eventually earning the position of Associate Provost. Dr. El-Sayed has served as PI or co-PI for multiple externally funded projects totaling ~$25 MM, including the NSF Engineering Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

In addition to her work in academia she has served in the industry and government. She is a four-time gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission and, as commissioner, served as chair for two terms. She also chaired the Driver's Education Advisory Committee and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee for the Michigan Department of State — work that resulted in new legislation for Michigan.

She began her career as an engineer for General Motors Truck Group and has been nationally recognized in higher education as both an American Council on Education Fellow and a New Leadership Academy Fellow.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Where current engineering education falls short
  • What the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is all about
  • 2 ways ASEE differs from other engineering organizations to advance the profession
  • ASEE's impact on engineering education on the national level
  • Liberal Arts vs Professional degrees: why engineers need both
  • The 3 components of engineering education — and how they play out together
  • Why engineers should be lifelong learners
  • How education powers diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in engineering

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ASEE – American Society for Engineering Education
ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers
ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers
SHPE – Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
EWB – Engineers Without borders
SWE – Society of Women Engineers
NSBE – National Society of Black Engineers
Marygrove College

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