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National Instruments Selects E&T’s Afshin Izadian to Participate in Elite Educators Program

September 11, 2014

Dr. Afshin Isadian

Dr. Afshin Isadian

National Instruments (NI) has selected IUPUI’s Assistant Professor Afshin Izadian, Ph.D., to be among the first group of 25 teachers and professors to participate in its Elite Educators program.

According to NI, the group is comprised of science and engineering education professionals who constantly seek new ways to empower students, both in and out of the classroom. These NI Elite Educators will focus on "strengthening engineering education in their schools and local communities as well as throughout the nation."

Recognized during a special event at NIWeek in August, Izadian was chosen for the program because of his unique approach to teaching with NI technology. He has developed power-electronics-related educational tools as well as NI products used in power electronic converters. Because of his collaboration with NI on various projects, NI was aware of "his passion for supporting student innovation as well as his desire to be a life-long learner."

"I had the pleasure of working with National Instruments, Inc. and developed power electronics circuits using NI hardware," explained Izadian. "The platform we developed is unique in conducting power electronics experiments."

As an NI Elite Educator, Izadian will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with other educators and the engineering community. He also may provide input about NI tool development and will receive early access to NI products.

Izadian also will have access to unique networking and collaborative opportunities across organizations, universities and industries. According to NI, this group will:  

  • Network and collaborate with other educators also using NI products to advance student learning.
  • Gain insight into the latest science and engineering innovations in industry.
  • Provide input to inform development of tools, projects, and curriculum at NI.
  • Earn early-access privileges for NI products.
  • Receive support and collaboration from NI on projects and events that use and teach NI education products.
  • Seek out and share resources or opportunities that foster best practices in teaching science and engineering.
NI indicated that the establishment of this program will strengthen its efforts to deepen engineering education through hands-on learning and real-world tools.