COES professor invited to present to national engineering board

Nov 25, 2012 | Engineering and Science

Dr. Jenna Carpenter, associate dean of administration and strategic initiatives and professor of mathematics in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science, has been invited to present an overview on the Grand Challenge Scholars Program this week to the board of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES.)

Dr. Jenna Carpenter

The AAES is a multidisciplinary organization of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of engineering.  AAES member societies represent the mainstream of U.S. engineering – engineers in industry, government, and academia.  It serves as an umbrella organization for engineering societies whose express purpose is the facilitation of meaningful collaboration.
Started in 2009 by the National Academy of Engineering, the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) is an effort to better prepare engineering graduates to solve the complex issues facing our world in the 21st century.  It requires students to go beyond the regular curriculum by combining engineering and science courses with experiences and activities outside of class that help them understand the broader social, cultural, and ethical implications of their technology through research experience, interdisciplinary curricula, entrepreneurship experiences, global exposure, and service learning.
Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science was one of five universities in the nation, along with Duke University, Olin College, the University of Southern California and Arizona State University, to first implement a Grand Challenge Scholars Program.  Carpenter serves as chair of the National Steering Committee for the GCSP.
Along with her work with the GCSP, Carpenter is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America as the Governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi Section. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Engineering Education and was on the Board of the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network for six years.
Carpenter also serves as director of Louisiana Tech’s Office for Women in Science and Engineering, directs the College’s Faculty Mentoring Program, and is the advisor for Louisiana Tech’s Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.
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