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USU Department of Engineering Education gets permanent chief

Ning Fang
Ning Fang
Utah State University

LOGAN — Utah State University on Monday gave the interim head of the Department of Engineering Education the job permanently.

Ning Fang, who has been serving as interim head since July 1, brings more than 20 years of industry, government and academic experience to the role. He also served as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation where he co-managed four programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

In 2008, USU was among the first in the country to develop an academic department dedicated to engineering education. To date, 16 graduate students have successfully graduated from the department’s doctorate in engineering education program. Currently, the department houses eight faculty members, two staff members and 18 graduate students.

Fang specializes in engineering education research including teaching and learning technologies designed to improve student problem-solving, K-12 STEM education and engineering retention.

Over the past two decades, he has authored more than 200 papers and presentations and has secured — as principal investigator — more than $3 million in research funding. He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.