Webinar: The Future of Online Education

Event Date: August 26, 2020
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm EDT
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School or Program: College of Engineering
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Distance education began with correspondence courses in the late 1800s and has grown in importance with the rise of new communication technologies. Widespread access to the internet has removed many, if not most, of the technical barriers to distance education. Enthusiasm soared with the creation of Coursera and MITx (now edX), but the radical transformation of higher education that was predicted gave way to a slower evolution. The COVID-19 pandemic was like a shot of adrenaline for online university education. Purdue Engineering has a long history in distance education; through nanoHUB.org it was an early leader in open courseware and free online courses for nanotechnology. Currently ranked No. 3 in online education, Purdue Engineering continues to innovate with competitively priced online master’s degrees.

As we look to the future, we ask: What will the post-pandemic educational landscape look like? Specific questions include: 1) Will there be a return to residential education? 2) Will there be a much larger role for online education? 3) How will online education change residential education? 4) How do students learn differently online and in the classroom? and 5) How can online education promote diversity and inclusion? These are some of the questions that we will be exploring with a distinguished panel of experts with perspectives from academia and industry.


Mark Lundstrom

Mark Lundstrom, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering, Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Mark Lundstrom is the Acting Dean of Engineering while Dean Mung Chiang is on leave in Washington D.C. serving as the science and technology adviser to the secretary of state. Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his B.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. Prior to his Ph.D. he worked in industry as a semiconductor integrated circuit process development engineer. Lundstrom is internationally known for pioneering contributions to nanoscale electronic devices. His work in this field has been recognized by the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award and the Semiconductor Industry Association’s University researcher Award. As a teacher, his definitive textbook, Fundamentals of Carrier Transport, was recognized by the ASEE Frederick E. Terman Award, and for his student mentoring, he received the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award and the Semiconductor Research Association’s Aristotle Award. As a leader, he founded the nanoHub at Purdue, the trailblazing and preeminent online platform for scientific collaboration, simulation and education around the world. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Mark also received the Morrill Award from Purdue, the highest distinction to a Purdue faculty, for his impact across all three missions of our land grant institution: learning, discovery, and engagement.


Kerrie Douglas

Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University

Dr. Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue, studies how to improve the quality of classroom assessments and evaluation of online learning in a variety of engineering education contexts. She recently received an NSF award to study engineering instructor decisions and student support during COVID-19. Her research on evaluation of online learning (supported by two NSF awards #1544259,1935683, ) has resulted in more than 20 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications related to engineering learners in online courses. She was a FutureLearn Research Fellow from 2017-2019; a 2018 recipient of the FIE New Faculty Fellow Award and is the 2021 Program Chair for the Educational Research Methods Division of ASEE.

Brian Gonzalez

Brian Gonzalez, Senior Director for Global Partnerships and Initiatives, Intel

Brian Gonzalez is the Senior Director for Global Partnerships and Initiatives within Intel's Governments, Markets and Trade team based in Washington, DC. Brian started at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California, in 2000 and has taken on a range of global leadership roles driving large scale national programs with partners to accelerate educational outcomes through technology adoption. His work has covered the full spectrum of learning scenarios, including university student innovation, teacher professional development, K-12 student learning technologies, and personalized learning infrastructure.

Brian has traveled to over 100 countries; he is a frequent speaker on the impact of Industry 4.0 on transformational education programs, technology infrastructure for improved outcomes, and global collaboration as a core competency of high-performance teams. He was awarded an Intel Achievement Award for his contributions to global education transformation through the implementation of solution-focused hardware and software technologies.

Brian received a degree in Business Administration at Villanova University and an MBA in International Business at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

Dimitrios Peroulis

Dimitrios Peroulis, the Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Dimitrios Peroulis is the Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. In addition, Peroulis serves as a special adviser to the dean on online learning. Peroulis joined Purdue in 2003 as an assistant professor after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he also received his masters degree. His bachelors degree is from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Peroulis was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and professor in 2013. From 2018-2019, Peroulis served as the Associate Dean for External Affairs in the College of Engineering. From 2014-2017, he also served as the director of graduate admissions for ECE as well as the deputy director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center. Peroulis has been a key contributor on developing high quality reconfigurable filters and filter synthesis techniques based on tunable miniaturized high-Q resonators. He is currently leading unique research efforts in high-power multifunctional RF electronics. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2017 for contributions to MEMS-based tunable filters. In 2019 he received the Tatsuo Itoh Award and in 2014 he received the Outstanding Young Engineer Award both from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). In 2012 he received the Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (Ferroelectrics section). His students have received numerous student paper awards and other student research-based scholarships. He has been a Purdue University Faculty Scholar and has also received ten teaching awards including the 2010 HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2010 Charles B. Murphy award, which is Purdue University's highest undergraduate teaching honor. In 2013, he was inducted into the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue.

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma, the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and Vice President for Open Learning

Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and the Vice President for Open learning. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards and advisory boards of Hochschild Mining, GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including TraceLink, IoTask and Top Flight Technologies. In all his endeavors, Professor Sarma has been at the forefront of technologies now known as the Internet of Things. MITx, which reports to Professor Sarma at MIT, delivers revolutionary Massive Open Online Courses (Courses) to millions of students around the world straight from the cloud. Over the years, Professor Sarma has been involved in other sectors as well: health care, energy (through his startups and work experience), automotive technologies, government (he is a designer of the Indian UID system), buildings, infrastructure, mining and financial technology. Sarma is co-author of the award winning book: "The Inversion Factor: How to Thrive in the IoT Economy."

Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 150 academic papers in Internet of Things, computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Information week's Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.