Speaker: Dr. Barbara Speziale
Affiliation: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Title: Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Creative Inquiry, Professor of Biological Sciences
About Dr. Barbara Speziale:
Dr. Speziale is the associate director for academic affairs in the Watt Family Innovation Center and a professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University. She previously served as associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and associate dean in Public Service Activities. She directs Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program that supports team-based research experiences for more than 4,500 undergraduate students each year. She recently completed the SC Life Education and Outreach program that provided science enrichment activities for K-12 students and teachers for the past 17 years. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, she established Clemson’s FIRST program to support students who are the first in their families to attend college. Speziale has received more than $14.4M in external grants and contracts for science research and education as well as numerous state, national and university awards for education, service, and scientific awareness.
Track: Innovating Projects
Topic: From Vision to Reality…A New Student focused Innovation Center at Clemson University
Description: Clemson University’s new Watt Family Innovation Center (WFIC) provides a unique environment in which advanced instructional technologies foster student engagement and industry partnerships that address real-world complex problems. The building’s design fully supports the WFIC vision. Raised floors and demountable walls allow rooms to be rapidly reconfigured. Audio and video outputs from the 191 touch-controlled large-screen monitors can be shared in any room. Collaboration software enables simultaneous editing of files by multiple users. Industry partners contributed to the building and support research on smart buildings. The WFIC design supports Clemson’s 2020 plan, drives curricular innovations, and enhances leading-edge research. The objectives of the session are to: Demonstrate the power of vision and engaged stakeholder involvement in achieving success on behalf of students; Illustrate how a building design, state-of-the-art technology and private partnerships can advance innovations in curriculum and research; and Share the story how this project successfully moved from an idea to a reality.