Todd Kelley, associate professor of engineering/technology teacher education (ETTE) at Purdue University, will be honored this spring with the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional designation from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).
The honor recognizes educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and professional activity in the field of technology and engineering education.
“I believe strongly in using engineering design as a subject integrator for STEM education. In 2009, I co-authored a theoretical framework for the re-engineering of technology education in the Journal of Technology Education,” Kelley said. “My suggestions for including project- and problem-based instruction and systems thinking and using engineering design remain constant to this day. Currently, engineering design has become a key pedagogical approach for STEM education as illustrated in the Next Generation Science Standards at the K-12 level. It is exciting to see this trend in education take off and watch young children learning these connections between engineering, technology, and science.”
Kelley, who coordinates the ETTE program within the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, has published extensively about infusing engineering design in K-12 education. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience, first in secondary technology education and now as a university professor and researcher. He earned his doctorate in technology education with a focus on engineering design from the University of Georgia, his master’s degree in industrial technology education from Ball State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Oswego State University in New York.
ITEEA will present Kelley’s honor at its national conference in Washington, D.C., in March.