Earth Science Week will take place October 10–16 this year. This annual event organized by The American Geosciences Institute is intended to raise public awareness of the importance of Earth sciences and encourage stewardship of our planet.

This year’s theme is “Water Today and for the Future” and resources and…


This summer has marked significant new milestones in human space flight. On July 11, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic launched its first crewed voyage into space. One week later, Jeff Bezos blasted off on his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft. …


I was recently invited to address an educational technology conference in China. While I still haven’t traveled since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the U.S., I was excited to participate virtually, as this was my first opportunity to engage an audience focused on this exciting topic.

Students in a classroom using mobile phone technology.

Educational technology (EdTech) is…


Last year as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading and countries went into lockdown, many of us thought we’d be working from home for just few weeks or maybe, at worst, a few months. …


Water is essential for the survival of all life on earth. Yet, water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population. Worldwide, one in three people do not have access to clean drinking water and two out of five do not have basic handwashing facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic…


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison

February 11 was National Inventors’ Day, a day for us to celebrate the inventions that have shaped our lives, while recognizing the genius behind them. …


2020 was a challenging and extraordinary year, but being the optimist that I am, I always look at each challenge as an opportunity to learn, grow and improve. It is amazing to think that just one year ago, most of us didn’t know what COVID-19 was, or that it even…


There is no doubt that COVID-19 has disrupted the world in many ways, but in a crisis of this magnitude, we can find opportunities for positive change — if we look for them. This disruption has given us a chance to hit the reset button and find new ways of…


Each year ABET has the privilege of recognizing organizations and individuals who inspire excellence in technical education through the ABET Awards. The four major awards — The Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award, ABET Fellow Award, ABET Innovation Award and Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion — recognize…


Enrollment in traditional degree programs was already declining before COVID-19. The shift in recent months to remote learning and virtual classrooms has only accelerated this move. At the same time, interest in alternative credentials — non-degree educational activities like digital badges, certificates and micro-credentials — has surged. According to a…

Michael Milligan

Executive Director & CEO of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in the STEM disciplines.

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