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Engineering leadership expert to give Distinguished Lecture Series talk

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Roger Gonzalez

The NDSU College of Engineering is set to host an innovator in engineering education Roger V. Gonzalez during its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Gonzalez is scheduled to present “Engineering Leadership – Diversifying Engineering Graduates” Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Prairie Rose room.

His talk will focus on meeting the emerging challenges of the 21st century, both technological and non-technological, and how educators must take a frank look at the skill sets and personal attributes engineers will require.

Gonzalez is the inaugural chairman and professor of the Department of Engineering Education and Leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UTEP, and his master’s degree in biomedical engineering and doctorate in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Medical School.

Gonzalez has been recognized for his scholarly work, education innovation and socio-entrepreneurial humanitarian efforts. He is known for actively incorporating students into all three of these areas. For his efforts and innovation in engineering education Gonzalez has received the American Society of Engineering Educators Teaching Award, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award and LeTourneau University’s top research and scholarship award. He also was a finalist for the IEEE Global Humanitarian Engineer of the Year award in 2013. He serves as an engineering program evaluator for the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology.

Gonzales is the founder and former CEO and president of LIMBS International which is a non-profit humanitarian organizations that designs, creates and deploys prosthetic devices to the developing world. Since its founding in 2004, the LIMBS knee has helped thousands of amputees in more than 50 countries on four continents. 

Among many highlights of his scholarly work, he is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and was awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award for his work in neuromuscular control and musculoskeletal biomechanics on children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

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