Prof. Iouri Belski, the founder of the IEEE Victorian Section Education Society has received a very prestigious award. Prof. Belski was awarded a Fellowship with the Federal Government’s Office of Teaching & Learning.
Professor Belski is a Senior Member of IEEE and was an active member of the IEEE Victorian Section executive team for over 8 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Education Society within the section and preisded as chair from 2004 to 2012. He continues to serve the section and its membership. Most recently, with much success, he presented the outcomes of the implementation of videotaped (dynamic) worked examples in the subjects he teaches at RMIT.
The fellowship activities presented by Professor Belski address the demands of the engineering profession to adjust and to perpetually innovate in the world of rapidly changing resources, technologies and working environments. We are very pleased to support Professor Belski’s fellowship application. We will also actively promote his activities and the web repository of TRIZ materials to our members and encourage our student members to study these tools and apply them in their projects accordingly.
Office of Learning & Teaching Direct Citation
National Senior Teaching Fellowship Programme Title: Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century: Embedding tools of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) into the engineering curriculum
Abstract: This Fellowship is aligned with the Government’s vision for higher education in Australia to act as an engine of economic growth. This Fellowship will address the challenge faced by Australian engineering educators in graduating creative engineers, capable of developing novel products and services in a fiercely competitive global market. This challenge arises from the critical need for the Australian industry to outperform our neighbours by offering products and services that cannot be defeated in the market place on price alone. By means of constructing and promotion of a web-based repository of TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) educational materials this Fellowship will initiate and lead change in engineering curricula that will enable Australian engineering educators to eliminate the existing gap in generic skills between Australian 15 year-olds and their Asia-Pacific counterparts and will ensure Australian engineering graduates possess the most advanced generic skills of creative problem solving.
I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Prof. Belski for his outstanding work.
Dr. Eddie Custovic
Chair, IEEE Victorian Section 2016-2017