$1 Million Gift For NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Education Program

John F. McDonnell and the James S. McDonnell (JSM) Charitable Trust have made a $1 million gift commitment to the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) program, a symposium series dedicated to strengthening the engineering and innovation capacity of the nation by catalyzing a vibrant community of emerging engineering education leaders.

"Engineering education is critical to building our national capacity for engineering innovation," said McDonnell.  "We are pleased to support Frontiers of Engineering Education, which brings together some of our best educators to become a force for teaching and inspiring a new generation of innovative U.S. engineers."

The annual symposium series began in 2009; this year's symposium will be held Oct. 14-17 in Irvine, Calif.  Each year, a select number of engineering faculty are chosen to participate from a pool of candidates nominated for their demonstrated educational innovations by engineering deans or National Academy of Engineering members.  FOEE participants present their approaches to classroom, laboratory, project, experiential, and computer-based teaching and learning during sessions moderated by experienced "coaches" from university and industry.  They also discuss the context and forces that should shape 21st-century engineering and engineering education.

“The mission of FOEE is to strengthen the engineering capability of the nation,” said NAE President Charles Vest.  “And it is gifts such as this that allow us to bring together skilled engineering education pioneers to inspire innovation."

John F. McDonnell spent more than 35 years at McDonnell Douglas Corp., serving as CEO from 1988 to 1994 and chairman of the board from 1988 until 1997.  He oversaw the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing and retired from the Boeing board of directors earlier this year.  McDonnell has served on numerous civic boards and as chairman of the boards of Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Science Center.  He is also the founding chair of BioSTL and BioGenerator, nonprofits which provide funding and support to St. Louis-based researchers, entrepreneurs, and young companies in the life sciences.  McDonnell made his commitment as a member of the National Academies Presidents' Circle, an advisory and philanthropic group whose members are from business and industry.

The National Academy of Engineering, an independent, nonprofit organization, was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers.  Part of its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. NAE along with the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.

For more information, visit: www.naefrontiers.org

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