April 2, 2002




School of Engineering and Applied Science to Host Internationally Known

Advocate for the Use of Technology in Education


Washington – The George Washington University has announced that Elliot Soloway, an internationally known advocate for the use of technology in education, has accepted a two-year appointment as a James Clark Welling Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.


The Welling visiting professorships, founded by GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in 1995, bring internationally distinguished scholars to the GW campus to interact with students and faculty and contribute to the intellectual life of the university. Soloway’s term will begin with the Fall 2002 semester and includes one public lecture each academic year.


Soloway is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.  He also has appointments at the University of Michigan’s School of Education and School of Information.  His scholarship in the use of technology in education has included research in artificial intelligence and immersive learning environments.  Soloway is a prolific researcher, speaker, and writer, and he has received numerous academic awards and honors. 


In the past three months alone, Soloway has been awarded the 2002 Computer Science Educator of the Year, given by ACM’s Special Interest Group in Computer Science Eduation (SIGSE); the 2002 Golden Apple, which the University of Michigan bestows on the person whom students select as the university’s best professor; and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, which honors University of Michigan faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.


“Elliot Soloway is an outspoken proponent of computer assisted learning and is highly regarded for the interdisciplinary and integrative nature of his research and scholarship,” said Timothy W. Tong, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.  “Moreover, he is famous for his dynamic public speaking, and he has a long career of engaging students at all levels.”


Soloway’s first public lecture is scheduled for October 2, 2002.  He will address an audience that will include a seminar of computer science students at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.


The School of Engineering and Applied Science, which will host Soloway’s visits, prepares engineers to address society’s technological challenges by providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational experiences and by stimulating and promoting innovative, fundamental and applied research activities.  The Welling professorships honor James Clark Welling, who served as president of the University during the last quarter of the 19th century.


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