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Duke University Professor Earl Dowell to Speak at Clarkson University on Future of Engineering Education

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson University has announced that Earl H. Dowell, the William Holland Hall Professor in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University, will speak next month about "The Future of Engineering Education."

Earl H. DowellDowell will speak on Friday, September 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Clarkson's Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213 (#18 on the map at Refreshments will precede the lecture at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public

Dowell will address the future of engineering education in the context of the broader university. His specific topics will include the impact of distance learning on the cost of education and the faculty reward system, research funding by the federal government, the sustainability of tuition increases and the cost of education, and the key role that engineers and engineering education will play in creating and responding to these new challenges and opportunities. He will review current data and historical trends, and offer predictions as to what the future may bring for all of higher education -- especially for engineering education.

Dowell is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

He has served as vice president for publications and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the AIAA; and as a member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Air Force Studies Board, the Aerospace Science and Engineering Board, the Board on Army Science and Technology of the National Academies, and the AGARD (NATO) advisory panel for aerospace engineering

He has also served as president of the American Academy of Mechanics, chair of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and chairman of the National Council of Deans of Engineering.

The AIAA has awarded him the Structure, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, the Von Karman Lectureship and the Crichlow Trust Prize. ASME has honored him with the Spirit of St. Louis Medal, the Den Hartog Award and the Lyapunov Medal. He also received the Guggenheim Medal, which is awarded jointly by the AIAA, ASME, AHS and SAE.

Currently, Dowell serves on the boards of visitors of Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, the University of Illinois and the University of Rochester. He is a consultant to government, industry and universities on science and technology policy and engineering education, as well as on topics related to his research.

Dowell’s research focus includes aeroelasticity, nonsteady aerodynamics, nonlinear dynamics and structures. In addition to being the author of more than 300 research articles, he is the author or co-author of four books, Aeroelasticity of Plates and Shells, A Modern Course in Aeroelasticity, Studies in Nonlinear Aeroelasticity, and Dynamics of Very High Dimensional Systems. His teaching spans the disciplines of acoustics, aerodynamics, dynamics and structures.

Dowell received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and his S.M. and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Duke as dean of the School of Engineering, serving from 1983-1999, he taught at M.I.T. and Princeton. He has also worked with the Boeing Company.

Dowell will be the tenth lecturer in Clarkson University’s New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.  

Read more about the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at .

For more information, please contact Distinguished Research Professor of Engineering Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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