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Creative collaboration between public-private networks and higher ed

Speaker: Dr Tamara Ball is an educational innovator working with the Institute for Science and Engineer Educators and the Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design consortium at UCSC.

Presentation: The evident interaction of the anthroposphere and the biosphere is requiring us to find ways to link economic activity to the nonlinear dynamics and resilience of natural systems. Sustainable built environments of the future will require new technologies to reduce dependency on non-renewable resources as well as the political, economic, social and psychological savvy to bring these new technologies into the mainstream.

Given these challenges, we must pay heed to the social construction of mind and the possibilities that that this presents. What should we expect of an education system that designed to support development of a more sustainable society?

This is the motivation for a discussion of a workforce development program at UCSC that is testing new ground. IDEASS - Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service facilitates the planning and implementation of student-led service-learning projects that use sustainability as a vehicle to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning while empowering students to make real world impacts in the community, support their development as change agents and prepare them to enter into productive careers in the green-tech workforce.

Bio: Tamara Ball is a post-doctoral educational researcher working with the Institute for Science and Engineer Educators (ISEE) and the Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design (SEED) collaborative at UCSC. She is interested in understanding how extracurricular and co-curricular innovations can support meaningful campus-community connections in higher education and improve learning outcomes. Her research has focused on educational designs that emphasize student initiative and agency through inquiry or problem-based learning. She has published several papers on the characteristics of learning environments that support or constrain opportunities for any students (including those from non-dominant backgrounds) to participate in key science and engineering process skills such as scientific argumentation. The principles and perspectives on human development and cognition articulated by Cultural Historical Activity Theory largely inform her work. She has taught several courses that focus on educational philosophy, history of education in the U.S., cognition and human development. Dr. Ball has worked as a research fellow with two NSF Centers for Learning and Teaching and most recently on several NSF projects that focus the integration of engineering and social science to support the advancement of new sustainability programs in higher education.

Topic: UC Santa Cruz Baskin Engineering Senior Design Industry Partnering
Speaker: David Munday is a Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Fellow at the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC. He is a member of the teaching team for the final capstone course administered to graduating senior Computer and Electrical Engineering students.
Presentation: David will introduce the senior design program at UCSC, with its goals and evolution over the past several years. He then will introduce a new corporate sponsorship program and its objectives. David will conclude by discussing several student projects such as a glass microphone, a low-cost LED light bulb and others, as well as their value to students and companies in terms of outcome. (Job offers, new product ideas, intellectual property generation. etc.)

Bio: David is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz graduating in December 2012 studying Computer Architecture supervised by Prof. Jose Renau. In addition to teaching at UC Santa Cruz, he has worked on subterranean volcanic sensor networks for the U.S. Geological Survey, developed ultra-sonic ranging and communication methods at Intel Labs, and most recently investigated applications for future high-performance parallel computer architectures at Oracle Labs.

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  • Matt R.

    We have decided to stream the debates to start the night. If this was keeping you away, please come down!

    October 3, 2012

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