Indira Nair
Indira Nair
Professor and Vice Provost Emeritus Carnegie Mellon University
Joined OEC on 10/19/2015
Indira Nair retired from Carnegie Mellon University after 32 years. For the last 12 years there, she was the Vice Provost for Education and Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Her research has ranged over: risk assessment, policy and risk communication, green design, bioelectromagnetics, education in general, engineering and innovation education, education assessment and pedagogies for the modern-day literacies such as scientific, environmental and global literacy. She designed and taught several interdisciplinary courses including ethics of science and technology; environmental science; technology and decision- making; and radiation, health and policy. Dr. Nair currently chairs the national Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She advises several universities and colleges on incorporating global and environmental literacy and ethics throughout the curriculum, on faculty development and on interdisciplinary education. She has received several NSF grants and served on numerous national committees. She founded the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Student Pugwash to encourage students to think about the social responsibility of science and technology. Her current quests and involvements include: a new scheme for general education including the new literacies; pedagogies for educating for innovation; increasing the inclusion of under-represented minorities across all segments of education; improving K-12 STEM education and bioelectromagnetics. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University and a Pennsylvania teachers Certificate for high school science teaching.
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  • Indira Nair, Carnegie Mellon University, shared an update
    PostedTuesday, June 19, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to July 2nd. 

    On November 12 through 16, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico will be the host city of WEEF-GEDC 2018, the joint annual summit of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

    This prestigious event, held for the first time in the United States, features the VIII World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), the X Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the XIV Global Student Forum (GSF), a Global Entrepreneurship Challenge for students and the first ever Global Career Fair(GCF). This is the largest engineering education gathering in the world and brings together a large number of stakeholders, including engineering educators, leaders, students, industry, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, etc., to learn, share, and build fruitful and long-term collaborations. The conference theme is Peace Engineering.

    The University of New Mexico School of Engineering, in conjunction with the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) and the Global Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship and Technology (GINET), will host the combined WEEF-GEDC-2018 event. 

    Go to to register or submit an abstract. 

  • Indira Nair, Carnegie Mellon University, shared an update
    PostedWednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Call for Abstracts: SUBMISSION DEADLINE:   MAY 25, 2018
    World Engineering Education Forum-Global Engineering Deans Council
    November 12 - 16. 2018 - New Mexico, USA

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