Two faculty receive prestigious Engineering Unleashed Fellowships

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Erin Henslee, assistant professor of engineering and 2020 Engineering Unleashed Fellow

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Lauren Lowman, assistant professor of engineering and 2020 Engineering Unleashed Fellow

Wake Forest University assistant professors of engineering Erin Henslee and Lauren Lowman have received national acclaim for their work, which advances the program’s mission to instill in students an entrepreneurial mindset and commitment to virtue. The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) has named Henslee and Lowman as 2020 Engineering Unleashed Fellows for their contributions to engineering pedagogy and entrepreneurship. They were nominated to the prestigious 29-person cohort by their peers from higher education institutions across the country. The Engineering Unleashed Fellowship will provide funding for both faculty members to advance specific project work here at Wake Forest.

“[Henslee and Lowman] fully embraced the entrepreneurial approach and liberal arts commitment of the new engineering program. Leveraging faculty development opportunities within KEEN, they have demonstrated instructional vitality and pedagogical innovation in the classroom with a commitment to empowering their students each step of the way,” said Professor Olga Pierrakos, chair of the Department of Engineering. “As founding faculty members in 2018, they have shaped the curriculum and strengthened the innovative and inclusive culture of the department. Their selection to join 27 other Engineering Unleashed Fellows across KEEN and be honored for their commitment to entrepreneurial approaches to engineering education is a tremendous honor for each of them and a celebration for all of us.”

Wake Forest University faculty have been elevating the importance of socially conscious engineering since the program’s launch, and since 2019, the Kern Family Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 to support its pioneering vision for the future of engineering education.

Read more about Henslee, Lowman and the Engineering Unleashed Fellowship at College News.

Read more about the Kern Family Foundation’s support at Wake Forest News.