People in Engineering Education
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Brian Frank is the inaugural Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Dr. Frank received his B.Sc. (1997), M.Sc. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston.
Dr. Frank joined Queen’s in 2001 as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, progressing through the ranks to Full Professor in 2016. From 2004-2006, Dr. Frank was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now called the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). In 2008, he was appointed Director (Program Development) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, overseeing curriculum development, assessment and outcomes-related accreditation processes, and education technology. Dr. Frank was awarded the endowed DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in 2010.
Dr. Frank is one of the co-founders of the Canadian Engineering Education Association and over the past five years has coordinated the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development (EGAD) Project, working with the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to develop national guidelines and resources for outcomes assessment in engineering education.
Dr. Frank has been recognized with several awards, including a nomination from Queen’s University for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award in 2011, and the 2010 Engineering Society’s Golden Pillar award.
NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
A Queen's graduate in mechanical engineering, David has spent over two decades in industry as a design engineer and engineering manager. His experience in design and development spans three different areas: the primary aluminum industry, biomedical and biotechnology instrumentation, and high volume consumer products.
The Design Engineering Chair is central to the vision and anticipated evolution of design engineering at Queen's University; the belief in the need to educate all engineering students in the multidisciplinary nature of design, in parallel with the need to provide all engineering students with the skills required to become effective team members given the challenges of the shared workplace upon graduation. The faculty of Applied Science at Queen's University has a long and rich history of excellence in engineering and research. In order to remain a forefront engineering school, Queen's in is the midst of a major curriculum reform, known as Integrated Learning
The Design Chair plays a crucial role in the overall Integrated Learning Program, particularly in developing a core of design subjects available in all ten programs, and in strengthening the introductory courses in design taken by all students. A primary goal of the Chair is to administer a multidisciplinary design engineering stream open to students from all of the engineering disciplines. The multidisciplinary design stream, in conjunction with the Integrated Learning Centre, will generate innovative products and processes in response to needs identified by industrial partners. The Chair develops and strengthens industrial relationships, and partners with industry and business to provide meaningful and appropriate design and development projects involving teams of students from all years and all disciplines, engineers from industry, and faculty.
Combining NSERC's vision for innovative design engineers with the breadth of educational initiatives offered through Integrated Learning, Queen's engineering students have the opportunity to build real-world engineering experience while still in their undergraduate program.
Engineering Outreach Coordinator
Scott Compeau is the Engineering Outreach Coordinator for the Connections: Queen’s Engineering Experience Program based out of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Scott received his BSc degree in Chemical Engineering, his MASc degree specializing in Engineering Education, and is currently working on his PhD in education, all from Queen’s University. For the past two years, Scott has been involved with growing the engineering outreach department while developing experiential engineering education opportunities for pre-university students. Scott’s role within Teaching and Learning in the Faculty also includes developing and delivering professional development workshops for K-12 educators who are looking to integrate engineering design and principles into their teaching practice.
Deena A. Salem
Research Associate - Change Lab Initiative
Deena received her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt, and her BEd from Queen’s University. Currently, she is working towards her MEd from Queen’s University, focusing on the enhancement of learners’ engagement in applied science and engineering education. For the last two decades, Dr. Salem has been involved in various educational development projects, and has taught a diverse set of general and specialized courses in the field of electrical engineering. She has supervised a number of capstone design projects and research-oriented theses for both Masters and PhD students in the field of microwave engineering. She has worked for more than three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at RMC, Kingston.
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