Research on Engineering Practice (REP) Workshop - Nominee Application

The one and a half day, NSF-sponsored REP Workshop will be held at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. The workshop will bring together scholars, industrial partners, and policymakers from around the United States and abroad. We are interested in appraising the current state of research on engineering practice and developing research agendas focused on using findings from research on engineering practice to transform engineering education programs in academic and industry settings. The workshop also aims to seed and grow an emerging scholarly community of researchers in this area through the development of new research collaborations, projects, and funding proposals.

The organizing team views the REP workshop as a valuable opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of engineering practice,
  • Apply this understanding to the development of engineering graduates who are better prepared for engineering careers (i.e., the formation of engineers), and
  • Creatively re-imagine engineering practice to better serve working engineers, their employers, and society (i.e., the reformulation of engineering).

Specific topics of interest within these three areas include the educational and professional practices that contribute to developing and sustaining a professional identity, the cultures of engineering education and practice, the effects of those cultures on individuals and the profession, and the development of professional and technical competencies.

Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who would like to attend the REP 2018 workshop should complete this application form by August 10, 2018.


What are your interests in research on engineering practice? Briefly describe any current or future projects you have been, or will be, working on in this area.
What expertise do you bring to studying engineering practice? How will you contribute to the diversity of perspectives at this workshop?
What are the biggest opportunities/challenges the community currently faces as it relates to research on engineering practice?
What papers/products from your own work AND/OR others do you believe would contribute to this discussion of research on engineering practice? Please include citations for each paper/product.
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