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Computation has become important to most scientific and engineering areas and their ability to problem solve. It’s important that computational tools and methods are integrated into curricula to help students and instructors be successful.

Computation in Engineering and Science Education
Presented by Camilo Vieira, Purdue University, West Lafayette

Monday, February 6, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Peralta Hall (PRLTA) 213, Polytechnic campus [map]

This free seminar is also available via Adobe Connect.


The use of computing to solve complex problems has permeated most scientific and engineering areas. Computational Science and Engineering has now been included into the ACM CS curricula as “the application of computer science to solve problems across a range of disciplines.” This research program focuses on taking advantage of computational tools and methods for three purposes: (1) Content: promoting engineering student learning of computational science in their disciplinary context; (2) Assessment: using computational tools and methods such as learning analytics to understand and characterize students’ learning processes; and (3) Pedagogy: supporting student disciplinary learning using computational tools such as computer programming and computer simulations.

About the speaker

Camilo Vieira has a doctorate in computer and information technology with specialization in computational science and engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette. He completed his undergraduate and his master’s studies at Universidad Eafit, in Medellin Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering.

His research focuses on integrating computational science and engineering within the engineering curricula, as well as using computational tools and methods to support educational research and educational practices. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher for the ROCkETEd group, where he works with computational science education and learning analytics. Vieira collaborates with several American and Colombian institutions in topics like computing education, engineering education research, and STEM education.

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