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News Release

Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

August 21, 2006

Vohras honored for top paper
at international engineering conference

DeKALB, Ill. – A paper co-authored by Promod Vohra, dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and his daughter, Divya Vohra, a master’s student in the college, was recently voted the Best Paper of the 5 th Global Congress on Engineering Education, which was sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The paper titled, “An Undergraduate Curriculum with a Global Engineering Emphasis,” focuses on efforts underway to internationalize the curriculum in the Department of Industrial Engineering at NIU. The program emphasizes the importance of learning a foreign language, and includes student projects sponsored by multi-national corporations. It also envisions online collaboration with engineering students in other parts of the world and the creation of exchange programs for faculty and students.

“Programs like this are important,” says Dean Vohra. “It is in the best interest of the country to graduate engineers who are capable of understanding global issues and functioning in a global economy.”

The paper was given as a keynote presentation at a meeting of the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education held in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 17-21 and will be published in an upcoming edition of The Global Journal of Engineering Education.

Joining the Vohras as a co-author on the paper was retired Dean of CEET Romualdas Kasuba, of St. Charles.