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Software Engineering Workshop for Educators Opens Call for Participation

Software Engineering Workshop for Educators Opens Call for Participation

July 17, 2020—The SEI will hold the 17th Software Engineering Workshop for Educators from August 4-6. Each year, the SEI holds the workshop to foster an ongoing exchange of ideas among educators of software engineering, as part of its mission to transition its expertise and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Any accredited, college-level educator is invited to register for the free-of-charge event. Registrants must provide a letter from their institution stating they are active educators in software engineering, computer science, or a related field.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s workshop will be held virtually. The SEI’s Director of the Software Solutions Division Anita Carleton will give an opening talk about defining a national agenda for software engineering research and development.

The first two days of the workshop will feature training in the field of software engineering for machine learning, by the SEI’s Grace Lewis, and quantum computing, by Carnegie Mellon University’s Len Bass and the SEI’s Daniel Justice. “Quantum computing is being applied to computationally challenging software engineering problems, including machine learning and verifying increasingly complex software systems,” said Robert Nord, a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI and one of the workshop’s facilitators. “Educators will have the opportunity to learn about this topic from the Carnegie Mellon University curriculum and SEI experience.”

On day three, educators Martin Barrett, of Carnegie Mellon University, and Shawn Bohner and Stephen Chenoweth, both of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will lead an interactive session on remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Steve, Shawn, and Marty have been attending the workshop since the beginning and have a huge amount of teaching experience,” said Lewis, a principal researcher, lead of the Tactical and AI-enabled Systems (TAS) initiative, and the workshop’s other facilitator. “COVID-19 completely changed their approach to teaching, but they were able to leverage all their experience and want to share with other educators the techniques that worked and didn’t work.”