Heines and Martin teach courses in India during January 2011
In January 2011, Professors Jesse Heines and Fred Martin both traveled to India to teach courses as part of the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education. Heines and Martin were each accompanied by UMass Lowell undergraduate and graduate students.
The Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) was initiated in 2007 to improve engineering education and to “find solutions to the global challenges facing humanity such as energy, environment, health and communications.” It was established by Dr. Krisha Vedula, formerly dean of UMass Lowell's College of Engineering, and presently Special Assistant to Provost for International Partnerships.
As Executive Director of the IUCEE, Vedula recruited Heines and Martin to teach courses during the January 2011 semester break. Heines was introduced to the K.L. University in Vijayawada, and Martin was partnered with the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh.
Heines' course, Programming for the World Wide Web, was taught to approximately 280 university students, all enrolled in K.L. University. Martin's course, Introduction to Mobile Robotics, was taught to about 28 faculty of several member schools of the IUCEE, including about 15 faculty at Chitkara itself.
Both Heines and Martin brought UMass Lowell students to co-teach their courses. Heines brought undergraduates Zori Babroudi and Elad Shahar, and graduate student Sreeja Kaimal. Martin brought graduate student Mark Sherman.
Heines and Martin both reported that their course materials and teaching approaches received a great reception from their respective audiences, who were happy to participate in American-style education, with its high degree of engagement and discussion as a natural part of teaching and learning.
The contributions of the UMass Lowell students in conducting the courses were invaluable, and Heines notes that “to my great pleasure, some of the students are still corresponding with Zori, Elad, Sreeja, and me.”
UMass Lowell graduate student Sreeja Kaimal discussing the course and life in the USA with K.L. University students
Faculty testing their Sumo robot at Chitkara University