Engineering education org names Keith a fellow

Jason Keith

The Bagley College of Engineering’s interim dean joined the ranks of the country’s most esteemed engineering educators during a June 16 ceremony.

Jason Keith, the Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport, Jr. chair and a professor in chemical engineering, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He becomes the fifth Bagley College faculty member to earn this honor.

Each year, only one-tenth of 1 percent of ASEE members receive this honor. Fellows are selected based on their accomplishments, experience and contributions to engineering education and the organization.

“Being named a fellow of ASEE is the highest external professional recognition of my career,” Keith said. “It is a good feeling to know that your work in engineering education is impactful.”

Since joining the Mississippi State faculty in 2011, Keith has been researching and developing ways to improve engineering education teaching methods. Recently, he developed the iPhone app “Heat Transfer for Students” to help students understand the concept through a virtual experiment.

Keith is a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Resource Council and chair of the education division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Before being named interim dean, he served as director of both the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering and the MSU Energy Institute.

Keith spent 11 years on the faculty at Michigan Technological University, being recommended for full professor status shortly before leaving for the Magnolia State. He holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Akron and the University of Notre Dame, respectively.

Founded in 1893, ASEE furthers education in engineering and engineering technology through research, service and leadership. The non-profit organization provides professional opportunities for engineering faculty through increased communication amongst educational institutions, government officials and corporations.

Erin Boozer | Bagley College of Engineering

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