The mission of the Center for Engineering in Education (CEE) is to foster engineering thinking and learning from pre-kindergarten through the first-year of undergraduate studies (PK-13). We believe that broadening the public awareness of and interest in an engineering mindset will provide citizens with problem solving skills that could improve education, employment, health, housing and safety among students, their families, teachers and the public at large.
We leverage the emergence of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in K-12 education to expose students, teachers and parents to Systems Thinking, Creativity, Optimism, Collaboration, Communication and Attention to Ethical Issues.
We adopt the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge to Advance Personalized Learning via Web-based, mobile devices that support the learning and agency of students, parents and teachers using these devices.
Our hope is to decrease adoption time for systems that support student learning, decrease teacher cognitive load and nurture parent engagement by launching, incubating and accelerating educational startups.
“Engineering is the design science that helps technologies develop.”
Why our work matters
Our modern society cannot function or grow without technologies such as computers, airliners, mobile telephones and a range of other vehicles, appliances and devices. These inventions are all a function of science, engineering and people. Engineering is the design science that helps technologies develop. The NGSS is an opportunity to offer more people the critical technology literacy needed to participate in our complex society via the acquisition, maintenance and expansion of opportunities for education, employment, health, housing and safety.
Anthony B. Maddox, Co-Director
Anthony Maddox is Professor of Clinical Education and Engineering at the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, as well as a Licensed Professional Engineer. Previously, Maddox was Chief of Staff and Interim Chief Neighborhood Officer with the Los Angeles Urban League, and has held faculty or instructor positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, Northeastern University, Brandeis University and Carnegie Mellon University. Maddox’ research interests include nonformal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning, using intelligent technologies for learning.
John Brooks Slaughter, Co-Director
John Brooks Slaughter is Professor of Education and Engineering at the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, as well as a Licensed Professional Engineer. Slaughter has had a remarkably distinguished career, which began as an electrical engineer and includes leading two universities and heading the National Science Foundation (NSF) as its first African American director. His education research is in the areas of higher education leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, underrepresented minorities in STEM and access and affordability.