Dan Hull Appointed to National Academy of Engineering Study Committee
WACO, Texas (January 21, 2014) – Daniel Hull has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Status, Role, and Needs of Engineering Technology Education in the United States.
The 18-month consensus study will review the production and employment of engineering technologists and technicians in the United States; gather available data and explore privateand public-sector employer perceptions regarding the adequacy of the supply of engineering technologists and technicians as well as the appropriateness of the knowledge and skills they bring to the workplace; and describe the characteristics of U.S. engineering technology education programs. The study is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education.
The project will involve four meetings in Washington, D.C., one of which will be combined with a large workshop. The project committee will also commission papers, as needed, to explore relevant topics in depth, and conduct a survey of selected employers and academic programs. The final product of the project will be a peer reviewed report containing the committee’s findings and recommendations. The final report will be widely disseminated to raise awareness of engineering technology among educators, policy makers, and funders. It will promote productive discussion and action among those stakeholders on the steps needed to more effectively and strategically support the education and hiring of individuals with engineering technology skills.
Daniel Hull is the principal investigator and executive director of the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education. Prior to his role at the center, Hull founded the Center for Occupational Research and Development, an organization focusing on technician preparation, which he led from 1979 to 2006. He also established the National Coalition for Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN). He conceived and collaborated in the creation of the NSF ATE Center-sponsored, annual High Impact Technology Exchange (HI-TEC) Conference. Hull is the author of several books on technician preparation and contextual teaching, including Career Pathways for STEM Technicians (2012), Adult Career Pathways (2007), and Career Pathways: Education with a Purpose (2005). Dan is a registered professional engineer with 13 years of practice in the laser field and over 30 years of experience leading education reform efforts in the United States and throughout the world. He is a senior member of the SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics, the Optical Society of America, and the Laser Institute of America.
About NAE Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering 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. For more information on NAE, visit www.nae.edu.
About NSF, DUE, and ATE
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
The NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) promotes excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students. DUE’s programs constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.
With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program of NSF’s DUE focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education. For information on the National Science Foundation and its programs, visit www.nsf.gov.
The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) is a consortium of two-year colleges, high schools, universities, national laboratories, industry partners, and professional societies funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The participating entities of OP-TEC have joined forces to create a secondary-topostsecondary “pipeline” of highly qualified and strongly motivated students and to empower high schools and community colleges to meet the urgent need for technicians in optics and photonics. For more information on OP-TEC, visit www.op-tec.org.
Contact: Dan Hull, Executive Director