Collaboration between Engineering Educators and STEM Workforce Professionals Seminar

This professional development opportunity covers pedagogically supported foundations for teaching engineering and technology-related techniques. These skills will help Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educators with student retention and success, as well as increasing the workforce in STEM careers.

This workshop is an opportunity for STEM educators to improve their teaching abilities through hands-on practice and seminars addressing topics such as:

  • Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Styles
  • Communication Skills
  • Learning Objectives
  • Class and Course Organization
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques

Upcoming Event

This seminar will include speakers from academia and industry to share information about the pedagogy of dealing with course objectives, testing, engineering ethics and cheating in the classroom. This event will be conducted in two sessions. Session one will discuss the importance of the alignment of learning objectives, class activities and assessments. Session two will discuss the importance of emphasizing professional ethics and recognizing cheating in the 21st century. Post-secondary engineering faculty from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota, Duluth will lead the seminar discussions, provide team room dialogue breakouts and whole group sharing feedback. The outcome of this seminar is to provide some practical value tools that can immediately be taken back to the classroom for implementation.

TOPIC: Course Objectives, Testing, Ethics & Cheating Seminar
WHO:  Secondary and Post-Secondary Educators
MODERATOR: Joan Carter, PE – Inver Hills Community College
FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. David Saftner – University of Minnesota, Duluth | Dr. Aaron Budge – Minnesota State University, Mankato | Dr. Nancy Sundheim – St. Cloud State University
WHEN:  8:30 AM – 10:10 AM | Sept. 30, 2020
WHERE: FREE online event
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  2.0 Professional Development Hours or Continuing Education Units available

Past Event

As part of the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence’s commitment to engineering education, in collaboration with Engineering Alliance Foundation, we are proud to offer a professional development workforce seminar.

This seminar included engineering and engineering education professionals from Minnesota State Mankato University, Inver Hills Community College, Dakota County Technical College, and Industry and Trades Specialist with Minnesota Department of Education to share information about STEM education, engineering and engineering technology program’s contributions to workforce preparation, through some innovative programming. Industry professionals will share needs and requirements for the current and the future engineering workforce to be successful. The seminar included interactive dialog in team rooms along with next step open discussions about continued collaborations.

Designed to create awareness and understanding between educators and professionals. The event was moderated by Joan Carter, a Professional Engineer (PE) and Engineering Faculty at Inver Hills Community College.

WHO:  Secondary and post-secondary STEM educators and engineering professionals
WHEN: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | May 14, 2020
WHERE: FREE online event
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  1.5 Professional Development Hours or Continuing Education Units available


Joan Carter | Professional Engineer, Engineering Faculty, Inver Hills Community College

Engineering Education Panel | Innovative programs and hidden gems

Bachelor of Science Engineering Degree Programs
Dr. Rebecca Bates – Department of Integrated Engineering Chair, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Associate of Science in Engineering Fundamentals
Joan Carter – Professional Engineer (PE), Engineering Faculty, Inver Hills Community College Community College

Technical Colleges
Alan Hancock – Civil Technology Faculty, Dakota County Technical College

High School
Tim Barrett – Trades & Industry Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

STEM WORKFORCE PROFESSIONALS PANEL | The real hiring needs in Minnesota’s engineering economy

William Forsmark, PE, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Barr Engineering

David Martini, PE, Principal Engineer, Bolton & Menk and current President, National Society of Professional Engineers

Past Programs


Program Instructors

Dr. Ronald W. Welch | Dean of Citadel School of Engineering and Louis S. Tellier

Dr. David Saftner | Department Head and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

Dr. Aaron Budge | Associate Dean of the College of Science, Engineering Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Session Topics

  • Effective Teaching
  • Elements of Effective Teaching
  • Your Voice as an Effective Tool
  • Communicating Expectations
  • The Board Note Format
  • Effective use of Media
  • The Impact of Learning Styles 
  • Facilitating Student Involvement
  • How to be a More Effective Communicator