NEET / J-WEL Educational Envisioning and Planning Workshop | MIT J-WEL

NEET / J-WEL Educational Envisioning and Planning Workshop


J-WEL Members:
Join us for our 2021 MIT NEET / J-WEL Educational Envisioning and Planning Workshop

June 29 - July 1, 2021, online
Please note: This event is exclusive to J-WEL members. 


Workshop Description

The New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) Program is tasked with reimagining undergraduate engineering education at MIT for the 21st century. A collaboration of NEET and J-WEL, this workshop will provide you with an approach for tackling programmatic challenges in cross-departmental interdisciplinary higher education. Over the course of three days, your institutional team will apply practical methods and techniques to create a document which will detail your selected challenge, its prescribed solution, and an initial plan for implementing your solution. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn what MIT and other member institutions are doing with regards to their own interdisciplinary higher education programs. You will be offered opportunities to engage in activities with participants from your own institution as well as with participants from other institutions. 

The workshop mentors will introduce examples of best practices employed in the MIT NEET program. Throughout the workshop, you will also have the opportunity to reflect and improve on your previous day’s work, culminating in a plan document and a poster that summarizes your team’s work during the workshop. The workshop will leverage an online format to encourage interaction with peers, MIT faculty, and staff. 

How to Register: 

If you are a J-WEL member interested in registering for this workshop, please email us at jwel AT mit DOT edu. The deadline to register is Monday, June 7th.

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to...
  • Formulate a challenge statement concerning your program
  • Generate ideas for tackling your challenge
  • Refine your ideas into practical, initial solutions
  • Formulate an initial draft of a plan for implementing your solution in your institution 

By the end of this workshop, you will have created…
  1. A challenge statement concerning your program
  2. A list of initial, practical solutions for solving your challenge
  3. An initial draft of a plan for implementing your solution in your institution 
  4. A digital poster summarizing artifacts 1–3

Proposed topics: 

  1. Soliciting buy-in for your program from senior administration and faculty
  2. Incorporating 21st-century skills/essential skills into your program
  3. Matching appropriate pedagogical approaches with your program vision and mission
  4. Conducting programmatic evaluation
  5. We also welcome other topics which participants may be interested in, under the theme of cross-departmental interdisciplinary higher education.

Time commitment:

12 hours of workshop sessions over three days (four hours per day)


June 29 - July 1, 2021, online (8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT on all three days)

A certificate of participation will be granted to those attending the workshop sessions.

Who should attend the workshop:*

Higher education leaders, policy makers, and faculty.* 

*Enrollment in the workshop is limited to the J-WEL community member institutions, to allow you to engage with others more effectively and develop a community of practice around shared interests. 

Workshop Preview

Want to learn more? Watch the video below for a short preview with members of the MIT NEET team.

Workshop Instructors


Dr. Amitava “Babi” Mitra

Executive Director
New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET)
MIT School of Engineering

Amitava ‘Babi’ Mitra, Ph.D. is the founding Executive Director, New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, a program that was launched in 2017 to reimagine and transform MIT’s undergraduate engineering education. What he enjoys doing most is visioning, designing, setting up and operationalizing innovative ‘start-up’ educational initiatives. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in institution building, higher education, corporate e-learning, and distance education.

He transformed a small e-learning R&D group into the profitable Knowledge Solutions Business at NIIT, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, USA as its Senior Vice-President. He is a founding member, Board of Governors of an NGO, Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, Kumaon, India and as the founding Dean, School of  Engineering & Technology, BML Munjal University (BMU), India during 2013-16 launched ‘Joy of Engineering’, a first-year hands-on course  designed to get students engaged with engineering.


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Dr. Rea Lavi

Lecturer and Curriculum Designer
New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET)
MIT School of Engineering

Rea Lavi is Lecturer and a Curriculum Designer with the New Engineering Education Transformation program for undergraduate students at the School of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, where he leads the incorporation of 21st century skills into the program curriculum and teaches a first-year class on higher-order thinking skills & approaches to complex problem-solving. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Rea’s research interests in STEM education include the fostering and assessment of higher-order thinking skills involved in complex problem-solving, specifically systems thinking, creative thinking, and metacognition. His doctoral research received several awards, including the Zeff Fellowship for Excelling First-year Ph.D. Students and the Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Fellowship for Excelling Ph.D. Students. Rea is also the inventor of the SNAP Method® for structured creative problem-solving (US & UK trademarks).

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Dr. Aikaterini (Katerina) Bagiati

Research Scientist
MIT Open Learning

Katerina Bagiati was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduating with a Diploma in Electrical and Computers Engineering and a Masters degree in Advanced Digital Communication Systems from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, she first worked as a software engineer, and later on as a CS and Technology Teacher in middle and high-school classes, while in parallel participated numerous K-12 STEM summer camps. In 2008 Katerina Bagiati was one of the first graduate students to join the pioneer School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. In 2011 she acquired her Doctorate in Engineering Education, followed by a post-doctoral associate appointment  within the MIT-SUTD Collaboration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Katerina Bagiati is currently a research scientist at MIT Open Learning. She is actively involved in the development and the assessment related to MIT’s national and international educational projects and collaborations, and conducts research at the pK-12 and higher education levels, in the efficacy of innovative learning mechanisms and pedagogical approaches used in initiatives mentioned above. Her research interests are in the areas of Engineering Education, Educational Technologies, STEM Curriculum Development and Teacher Training, and Design-Based Learning.

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 08:00 to Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 12:00