SIUE Co-Hosts International Engineering Conference in Turkey

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Engineering combined with Atilim University (Turkey) and Ankara University (Turkey) to host the second International Engineering Education Conference (IEEC2012) during the first week in November. The focus of the event, which was held in Antalya, Turkey, was “New Trends and Expectations.”

The conference was definitely a step toward increasing the SIUE School of Engineering’s name recognition and visibility in Turkey

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Engineering combined with Atilim University (Turkey) and Ankara University (Turkey) to host the second International Engineering Education Conference (IEEC2012) during the first week in November. The focus of the event, which was held in Antalya, Turkey, was “New Trends and Expectations.”

Dr. Cem Karacal, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, served as a conference co-chair and led a group of four SIUE participants. Karacal chaired the section on “Engineering Education and R&D Relations.”

“The conference was definitely a step toward increasing the SIUE School of Engineering’s name recognition and visibility in Turkey,” Karacal said. “Turkey has a fairly large and extremely competitive higher education market. Being an organizing partner and attending the event as a group left a lasting impression on several Turkish and international academicians who were in attendance.”
SIUE’s Dr. Ryan Fries and Dr. Sohyung Cho were among the invited speakers. Cho, an associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering (IME), spoke about lab simulation to teach supply-chain optimization. He was the SIUE School of Engineering’s IME Excellence Award winner in both 2009 and 2011.

Fries, an assistant professor of civil engineering, spoke about innovative approaches to engage students in the classroom. He was the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2011 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2011 Chi-Epsilon James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award.

Karacal also presented within the section on “Pedagogical Approaches and Assessment in Engineering Education” regarding maximizing resources of both the University assessment office and the School of Engineering in program assessment for accreditation purposes. Within that same section, Dr. Chris Gordon, associate dean of the School of Engineering, also had a presentation regarding drawing assessments to measure student perceptions of diverse fields in an engineering school.

Before traveling to Antalya, the SIUE contingent made a stop in Istanbul and participated in new student orientation for the Istanbul Technical University (ITU)-SIUE dual diploma program. Students enjoyed interacting with SIUE engineering faculty.

Dr. Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, pointed out the importance of international exposure for SIUE through its faculty, “Having a large contingency of Turkish students in our dual-diploma program in industrial engineering makes this trip so much more meaningful,” he stated. “Our faculty team represented us at an international conference and saw the ITU campus that produces our dual diploma students.”

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