Leadership and teamwork are fundamental skills necessary for Engineering students to actively learn and practice as part of their Engineering education. Given the academic and time pressures that most engineering students are under, it is often a challenge for them to spend additional time formally learning these skills. Research in the field of leadership and collaborative team skill development will be presented.
Professor Araceli Martinez Ortiz teaches and conducts research in Engineering education at Texas State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, a master’s degree in Engineering, a master’s degree in Education and a PhD in Engineering Education. Her research is focused on investigating the concepts of interest, motivation, identity and learning in engineering education. She also studies instructional approaches that strive to engage students and to support their academic and professional success.
She will be visiting as part of a UNSW effort to highlight international women in Engineering and will aid in a transnational research study involving ethnically and culturally diverse students in Engineering courses in both UNSW Sydney and Texas State University (US).