Professor & Chair, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Rebecca Bates is Professor and Chair in the Department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she directs three project-based learning engineering programs, Iron Range Engineering (IRE), Twin Cities Engineering (TCE) and the new IRE Bell Program. IRE and TCE were the winners of the 2017 ABET Innovation Award. Evaluated outcomes for these programs include entrepreneurship, leadership and inclusion. These cutting-edge programs articulate with community college programs and partner with regional industry to prepare students for all aspects of engineering careers. The department is committed to increasing access to engineering education for all. She has been a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation. She has served in the leadership of ASEE’s Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (2017-2020) and in the Engineering Ethics division. She is on the Editorial Board of the Online Ethics Center supporting the field of Engineering. She was a PI on a multi-year, five-institution project examining the impact of connections to community and sense of belonging on STEM student engagement. She is currently the PI on a grant bringing together a community of practitioners to consider issues across STEM fields in assessment, evaluation and accreditation. She earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering degrees from Boston University, an M.T.S. (theological studies) degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
ABET Student Outcomes 2, 4 and 5 have strong connections to ethical decision making in engineering practice. The National Academy of Engineering’s Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a source for tools and resources to support student learning, course content development and assessment. This interactive session will provide an overview of engineering resources on the OEC […]