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Developing and Managing Competency Based Education

Transforming Engineering Education for the Innovation Era

Friday, July 31st - 08:00 to 10:30 am

Lueny Morell, MS, P.E.

Founder and CEO of Lueny Morell & Associates and Director of InnovaHiEd

Lueny Morell is Founder and CEO of Lueny Morell & Associates and Director of InnovaHiEd, is a world-class team of experts with extensive academic and industry experience offering services to help higher education leaders in transforming their institutions to better respond to their stakeholders’ needs and the socioeconomic development challenges they face. With a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and Stanford University, Lueny is co- founder of NEU, a novel platform to teach engineering in Silicon Valley, California. From 2002 to 2013 she was part of the HP Labs Strategy, Open Innovation and University Relations teams and a full professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez for 24 years, where she had various academic and administrative positions, including Director of R&D. She is an IEEE Senior Member, an ASEE Fellow and ABET Program Evaluator and has received various awards for her work, including the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for innovations in engineering education in 2006. Recognized as one of the Engineering Education Pioneers in the US in 2014, Lueny is passionate about engineering education and innovation as fundamental pillars for economic and social well-being. She is co-founder of IFEES (Past President), GEDC and SPEED. Lueny maintains a blog on topics associated with innovation and engineering education (;


Engineering education plays a fundamental role in developing and sustaining economic growth and in promoting society’s well-being. It all starts with a well prepared human capital, an engineer who possesses the competencies needed to address the challenges and opportunities the innovation era presents. Therefore, it is imperative that engineering education institutions engage in a continuous process of innovation and transformation to better serve society and to address local, regional and global challenges and opportunities. This workshop addresses questions for engineering educators to help them reflect on future steps: Why innovate engineering education? How can we innovate the curriculum to better serve society? What are the engineering competencies needed today? What learning environment and teaching/learning methods can we use to better prepare engineers for industry? What is the role of industry/employers in the innovation process? How can we assess student learning outcomes? How can we motivate others to change? And finally, How can InnovaHiEd help our institution change? This 1.5 day workshop will be presented in a “walking the talk” mode, that is, attendees will be practicing what they will be testing/implementing in the classroom. Shorter versions of the workshop are offered upon request.