CMU Receives Award for Innovative Technology That Promotes International Learning


May 22, 2003

The American Council on Education (ACE) awarded Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Strategic Development an "ACE/AT&T Award for Technology as a Tool for Internationalization." The award recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote international learning at U.S. colleges and universities. Only six institutions were selected nationwide to receive the honor. The program, which offers awards in the amount of $7,500, is underwritten by a grant from the AT&T Foundation.

Carnegie Mellon links students in Pittsburgh with students in other countries to facilitate global, educational dialogues and collaborate on problems in a real-time environment. Specific examples of the university's international technology-enhanced learning include "Artists and Their Museums on the Riviera," the "Management Game" and "Engineering Design Problem Formulation."

In "Engineering Design Problem Formulation," undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon and Delft University in the Netherlands learned how to determine the scope of an engineering problem and how mathematical and other formal models can be used to articulate problems rather than their solvability. In four-person "virtual teams" of two students in the Netherlands and two students from Carnegie Mellon, students experienced a technological educational environment using "interactive" video, a specially designed Web-based document system, videoconferencing, email, chat rooms and the telephone. Carnegie Mellon faculty members Eswaran Subrahmanian (HNZ'88), Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems; Sarosh Talukdar, Professor, ECE, and Arthur W. Westerberg, the Swearingen University Professor, Chemical Engineering, have worked closely with their colleagues at Delft.

Lynna Quandt, a double major in ECE and engineering and public policy, said the course was "very different from my other courses and probably very useful for the future." Quandt describes the course experience as "good preparation for any kind of long-distance work, whether working with people in other parts of the U.S. or abroad. EverybodyU.S. and Delftbrought something different to the table."