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Engineering professor named Carnegie Scholar

Greg Jaeger, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Michael Loui, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Loui was one of 26 university faculty members from across the country selected for the award. During the next year, he will work with the other scholars to create models for teaching, learning and research.

For his Carnegie Scholars project, Loui plans to investigate what students learn from courses and seminars in ethics. According to Loui, the current literature indicates that students reach basic goals in knowledge and moral reasoning. He plans to expand on this research by examining whether students can achieve deeper understanding of their responsibilities and themselves.

Currently, Loui conducts research in computational complexity theory, theory of parallel and distributed computation, reliable software, and ethics in engineering. Some of his current projects include the creation of a general education course on digital information technologies for students outside the College of Engineering; the development of a video that dramatizes a case in engineering ethics; and the study of the effectiveness of pedagogical techniques for improving students’ skill in debugging computer programs.

The Carnegie Academy was created in 1998 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to establish and refine standards for the critical review of teaching and learning by faculty members in college and university classrooms.