Lydia Contreras Selected to Attend Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Lydia Contreras has been selected as one of 65 of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) third Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium November 13-16, 2011 in Irvine, California. Dr. Lydia Contreras-Martin

Selected faculty members will come together for the two-and-a-half-day event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution.  The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium will focus on teaching leading-edge engineering knowledge, project-based learning, active and self-directed learning, and assessment of student learning and education innovation.

Contreras’ research combines biomolecular engineering, genetic studies and computational modeling to understand molecular features that lead to the specific recognition and interaction of RNAs and proteins through the application of fundamental concepts that emerge from experimental (and computational) work to develop novel applications that could beneficially impact human health. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a doctorate degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Cornell University.

Founded in 1964, NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of NAE is to promote the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession. In addition to its role as advisor to the federal government, NAE also conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology.


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