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Professor Malancha Gupta Selected to Participate in NAE’s 2012 FOEE Symposium

Alisa Gonzales
October 05, 2012 —


Malancha Gupta, Assistant Professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has been chosen to participate in this year’s NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium to be held October 14 - 17, 2012 at the National Academies Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.

Each year the National Academy of Engineering holds a highly selective competition to showcase top early-career educators at the forefront of creative learning. The intent is to bring together emerging practitioners of innovative engineering education in order to promote discussion and workshops focused on the application of cutting-edge pedagogies.

Part of the selection process includes faculty proposing an educational innovation that they intend to implement or have recently put into practice. Gupta proposed her plan for this year to incorporate the “Flipped Classroom” approach, a new form of teaching in which the students watch the lectures online before class and lecture time is devoted to group projects, problem solving, demonstrations, and other forms of active learning.

Several studies have shown that students prefer flipped classrooms because they are more interactive and there is increased peer-to-peer learning. In addition, the professor is able to spend their time giving feedback and guiding discussion instead of covering material in a traditional lecture format.

Professor Gupta is one of a number of Viterbi’s faculty who, over the years, have been selected to participate two of the NAE’s symposia, the Frontiers of Engineering Education and Frontiers of Engineering. Past VSoE selected participants include Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Yong Chen, Elaine Chew, Paul Debevec, Chris Kyriakakis, C. Ted Lee, Ellis Meng, Andreas Molisch, Krishna Nayak, and Cyrus Shahabi.