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Froyd named chair of Engineering Education

Jeff FroydOn June 1, Professor Jeff Froyd begins his tenure as chair of the Department of Engineering Education. He succeeds Professor Monica F. Cox, who had been the department’s inaugural chair since December 2015.

Froyd joined The Ohio State University College of Engineering in 2017 as a professor of engineering education. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, Froyd was a research professor in Texas A&M’s Engineering Experiment Station and Engineering Academic and Student Affairs office. He has taught electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) supported projects and served on the leadership team at Texas A&M’s NSF ADVANCE project.

“Jeff’s strengths in catalyzing and energizing collaborations are a perfect fit for a growing department that impacts every one of our students,” said College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams. “I am confident Jeff and his colleagues will continue to lead the improvement and transformation of engineering education throughout our college.

Froyd served as editor-in-chief for the IEEE Transactions on Education from September 2012 to December 2018, has served as an associate editor and senior associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Education since 2003, and has served as an associate editor for the International Journal on STEM Education since 2014. In 2012, he was elected as Fellow of the IEEE and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

"The department's first-year engineering courses influence the success of every engineering student in the college at a pivotal time in their career,” said Froyd. “Our multidisciplinary capstone design courses, technical communications curriculum, emerging graduate program and innovative research initiatives provide a continuum that helps define the future of engineering education. I look forward to working with our amazingly talented faculty and staff.”