VIP Programs with a focus on GRAND CHALLENGES! Call for papers!

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:53

CALL FOR PAPERS:  Advances in Engineering Education Special Issue on “Impact-Focused Engineering Education”

Guest Editor: Khanjan Mehta, Lehigh University,

We invite articles from courses and programs that 1) engage in real-world engineering projects related to social innovation and global sustainable development and 2) prioritize (or at least give equal importance to) long-term project outcomes rather than simply focus on student learning outcomes. This special issue aims to curate proven practices and initiate larger conversations emerging from the work of engineering programs that engage students and faculty in the rigorous research, design, field-testing, and dissemination of technology-based solutions that address global development challenges. Whether partnering with departments on campus or communities in Appalachia, or striving to transform markets in Angola, these programs espouse diverse academic models, philosophies of engagement, and funding channels to deliver practical, sustainable, and scalable solutions to complex challenges including those related to food, energy, water, and health. Sustainability, in this context, refers to the notion that real solutions must be technologically appropriate, socially acceptable, environmentally benign, and economically sustainable. There is a recognition that ideas, presentations, and prototypes do not solve problems; the real challenge is in the implementation, assessment, and fast-paced pivoting to reach a higher sustainable equilibrium.

Interested authors should submit titles, a 200-word description of the course/program and its impacts, and 500-word abstracts of their contribution by October 15, 2018 to the guest editor, Khanjan Mehta at After an initial round of editorial reviews, we will invite full articles that will go through the standard AEE review process. Papers are expected to be between 5,000-10,000 words in length. Completed draft manuscripts will be due on February 28, 2019. The special issue is expected to be published in Spring 2020. For more information, please see:

VIP Programs with a focus on GRAND CHALLENGES! Call for papers!