Stephen Canfield, mechanical engineering professor at Tennessee Tech University, spent two and a half days with 71 other faculty from universities across the country, developing strategies to make engineering education more innovative.
Canfield was the only person from Tennessee invited to participate in the Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering. He joined faculty from universities across the country, including Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University and Mississippi State University.
“The goal of College of Engineering faculty is to develop engineers who can solve the technological and social problems of the 21st Century,” said Joe Rencis, College of Engineering dean. “Dr. Canfield’s methods exemplify what we are trying to do here, and having him participate in symposia like this will serve to make our program stronger and more creative.”
The symposium focused on innovations in the context, curriculum and delivery of engineering education by allowing the 72 faculty members to share and explore teaching methods.
At TTU, Canfield is known for developing robotics technologies that, among other things, can cut, weld and clean structures such as ships and bridges. He also teaches about the ways engineering can improve every day life in capstone projects where his students design tools to assist individuals with disabilities around Cookeville.