Pleasantly surprised by the quality of engineering educators that I had the privilege of meeting over my two days at the conference, I sincerely enjoyed every hour I spent with like-minded servant leaders from both Academia and Industry. I met Professors, PhDs, and individuals from all over the country and we were able to share some of our passions and experiences for training the next generation to become better engineers through new learning technologies; including new techniques, ideas, and teaching paradigms, sometimes those that turn current pedagogy on its head.
Most memorable was my interaction with Dr. Ron Bennett, who hails from St. Thomas University in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. His servant’s heart was most striking and refreshing to find in a man that has accomplished much more than any of us could ever desire. He embodies the qualities for which we should all strive as educators (not just educators of engineers). Watching my mentor and one of my heroes, Mr. Eric Pearson, converse back and forth with Dr. Bennett was like watching two fine-tuned lumberjacks work the same handsaw on a great oak as they cut to the core of their passions for building up future leaders within the engineering community.