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Miaoulis to visit McNeese

Miaoulis to visit McNeese

Although humans make the majority of the objects we interact with and use during our day-to-day lives, the current school science curriculum focuses very little on how our humIoannis Miaoulisan-made, or designed world, is made. Pens, cars, pills and buildings are all technologies and the results of the engineering design process.

Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Boston Museum of Science, is an advocate of including engineering in the formal science curriculum. He will be at McNeese State University on Thursday, April 11, to explain how engineering makes all disciplines engaging for all students and all types of learners.

The 1:45-2:45 p.m. and 3:45-4:45 p.m. sessions are open to the public and will be held in the La Jeunesse Room located in the Student Union (Old Ranch) Building.

"We are immersed in technologies from the moment we wake up until we lie down to sleep," Miaoulis said. "Students spend years in school learning about the scientific inquiry process but they learn very little about the engineering design process, which is responsible for most things that support their day-to-day lives."

An increasing number of states now include the engineering process and the nature of key technologies into their learning standards. Miaoulis believes that introducing engineering as the new discipline into the science curriculum offers a wonderful project-based learning vehicle for the entire K-12 spectrum that not only brings to life mathematics and the sciences but also connects them with social studies, language and the arts.

During his presentation, Miaoulis will describe the value of including engineering in the formal science curriculum from elementary through high school and give examples of success at various learning environments.

In 2001 Massachusetts became the first education system in the nation to adopt a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for engineering and technology that was developed by Miaoulis, the former dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering.

In 2004, he helped to establish the National Center for Technological Literacy that is dedicated to promoting technological literacy and understanding of engineering.

During his tenure at Tufts University, Miaoulis originated practical engineering courses that engaged students' interests and greatly increased the number of female students studying engineering, and he designed collaborative programs with industry.

Miaoulis earned his bachelor's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in economics at Tufts and received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published over 100 research papers and holds two patents and was named in 2006 by President George W. Bush to the National Museum and Library Services Board. He has also served on the NASA Advisory Council and is presently on the NASA Education and Public Outreach Committee. He received NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2009.

He is also a member of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's Commonwealth Readiness Project Leadership Council and the governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu