John C. Bean
John C. Bean’s goal of providing students with exciting “moments of discovery” while studying today’s complicated world of micro- and nanoelectronics was realized with the creation of the Web-based “UVA Virtual Lab,” which uses virtual reality to reveal features such as fields and forces that are invisible to the human eye and to transport users from human to atomic scales. Covering topics ranging from basic electric circuits and virtual disassembly of scientific instruments to explanations of micro/nano device operation, the site’s impact can be seen in the more than 2,000 worldwide educational institutions that have viewed more than 4 million Web pages since 2005.
Dr. Bean also redesigned the University of Virginia’s “Introduction to Engineering Design” format by replacing a series of dry lectures with hands-on freshman-level project courses based on a semester-long team robotics competition in which students take responsibility for all organizational and operational decisions.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Bean is currently the J.M. Money Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.