NMiTE, Britain’s new engineering university being created in Hereford, has announced the arrival of Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon as provost and chief academic officer to lead the academic development of the world’s most radical and innovative engineering curriculum.
Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon was previously the professor of enterprise and engineering education at The University of Sheffield, where she held numerous senior positions related to learning.
Rodriguez-Flacon was also one of the first Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, which promotes excellence in higher education teaching.
On the appointment, NMiTE’s president and chief executive Janusz Kozinski said: “Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon is an internationally recognised, world-leading engineering educator and I’m truly delighted that she’s chosen to join us at NMITE. Her vision, experience and passion for learning and teaching is exactly what we need to make our pioneering approach become a reality.
“We are all incredibly supportive of Elena’s personal mission for engineering to appeal equally to all genders and for balance to be brought to the sector. She has many well-deserved accolades to her name, which I believe will only increase as her ideas come to fruition over the next few years,” Kozinski continued.
Professor Rodriguez-Falcon said: “I have always believed that in order to educate engineers who are work-ready, agile and lifelong learners, we ought to create learning pathways, which enable students to experience being engineers from day one. So, when I heard about NMiTE and its unique approach to engineering education I was completely sold.”
“As the Provost, I will be able to ensure this through the development of multiple partnerships with employers, industry and the community. We will work together to identify real-life projects, which our ‘engineers in training’ will solve and learn from, time and again. And in doing so, we will also bring gender balance to the discipline, something I am deeply passionate about and committed to,” she continued.