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Dr. Autar Kaw Visits Frankfurt to Teach and Develop Inter-University Ties
March 27, 2013

USF’s Dr. Autar Kaw, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, recently traveled to Frankfurt, Germany to teach a special topics course in Numerical Methods for Engineers at the University of Applied Sciences. The course was rigorous, meeting anywhere from 4 to 6 hours per day. While the majority of students were Process Engineering majors, they ranged from freshman to seniors creating the unique challenge of making the course challenging and comprehensible to all.

Dr. Kaw spent a week and half (March 11 – March 20) at the German University, “The students were highly attentive in an intensive setting and the course was well-received,” says Kaw. “To teach the class in a blended mode, I   used open courseware resources, personal response systems (clickers), hands-on computer programming, real-world applications, experimental data, peer-to-peer learning, and social media.”  The lectures were appropriately intermingled with short evidence-based research narratives on how students learn.

While at the university, Dr. Kaw met with the head of the Process Engineering department and the international faculty exchange coordinator. Faculty and staff in Frankfurt are very interested in developing a partnership with USF. Potential opportunities for collaboration include codirecting several of their students for the required bachelor’s project component of their degree program and inviting additional USF faculty to teach special topics courses in engineering.

For more information or questions, contact Dr. Autar Kaw at