Engineering Education @ Illinois: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday October 8, 2014, 4:00pm
1005 Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews, Urbana
Reception to follow.

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Donald L. Bitzer
Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Co-Inventor of PLATO

Andreas C. Cangellaris
Dean, College of Engineering

Rohit Bhargava
Professor and Bliss Faculty Scholar, Department of Bioengineering and AE3 Education Innovation Fellow

Fifty years ago, Dean William L. Everitt wrote a visionary essay about educating engineers “in the future.” His future was 2012. His essay asserted that educating engineers means fostering innovative minds—the ability to create and navigate a world that, at any given time, we are only beginning to imagine. The legacy of Illinois Engineering is one of creativity, leadership and innovation. The featured speakers at this event will share their own stories of shaping and participating in this legacy, and will invite you to imagine into the future of engineering education at Illinois.

Join us for refreshments at a reception in the Beckman Atrium following the talk. An original PLATO terminal will be on display, along with posters describing current educational initiatives in the College.

bitzerDonald L. Bitzer (B.S. 1955, M.S. 1956, Ph.D. 1960) is the co-inventor of the plasma display and the developer of PLATO, the first computer assisted instruction system in the world.




bhargava_rohitRohit Bhargava (B.S. 1996, Ph.D. 2000) is Associate Director of the Illinois Cancer Center, and specializes in cancer nanotechnology. An NCSA Faculty Fellow, and Everitt Teaching Excellence Award winner, he is developing a program of problem-based courses and research experiences for undergraduates who are passionate about the treatment of cancer.



College of Engineering Dean Andreas  CangellarisAndreas C. Cangellaris (M.S. 1983, Ph.D. 1985) is the M.E. Van Valkenburg Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, and specializes in electromagnetics. An ECE Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award winner, he is currently teaching an undergraduate course in Fields and Waves.




“Education is a guided enlargement of creative ability and understanding” (W. L. Everitt, 1961)






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