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SIUE assistant prof invited to present at renowned engineering summit

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – Jenna Gorlewicz, PhD, an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been invited to present at the 2015 Engineering Disruption Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held September 28-29 in Arlington, Va.

“This invitation recognizes Dr. Gorlewicz’s contribution to the field of engineering,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the SIUE School of Engineering. “The invitation came personally from the executive director of the American Society of Engineering Education. He has recognized Dr. Gorlewicz as one of the leading users of innovative educational technologies.”
Thought leaders and policymakers from engineering education, industry and professional societies will be in attendance.

The Summit will explore ways to enhance student learning and assessment, sustain emerging innovations and overcome 21st century challenges in engineering.

Gorlewicz plans to present her work using vibratory touchscreens to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts to students with visual impairments and blindness.

“What a humbling experience to be invited to participate in such an important, impactful event that will certainly shape engineering education and its future,” said Gorlewicz. “Being involved in meetings like this enables me to join other innovative leaders in pushing the field of engineering education as a whole, while at the same time, bringing best practices and strategies back to SIUE and my own classroom.”

Gorlewicz received her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from SIUE in 2008, and her doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2013.

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