Bonnie Ferri

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Shaping the Future of Higher Education: The Role of Systems and Controls

Higher education is at a crossroads, where external forces such as rapidly changing demographics and workforce trends will put pressure on the status quo while new educational technologies and data analytics will provide unprecedented opportunities for improvements and growth. This talk will examine some drivers of change in higher education and how the field of controls can play a role in navigating the path forward, with positive impacts to learning, affordability, and accessibility. 

Bonnie Ferri is the winner of the 2018 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award for her pioneering work in hands-on learning and flipped classroom techniques. She received the Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning from the University System of Georgia in 2016 and has co-developed three Massive Open Online Courses that have enrolled over 150,000 people.  She recently co-chaired a campus-wide commission at Georgia Tech, “Creating the Next in Education”, that applied a design-thinking approach to develop recommendations for higher education on a twenty-year horizon, including what should be done now to head in those directions and how to create a deliberately innovative culture to facilitate the changes needed.  Dr. Ferri has been on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Control Systems Society two terms and will be the General Chair of the 2022 American Control Conference on Atlanta, Georgia.