Terri Fiez has helped ensure that engineering students are well prepared for their careers not only technically, but in terms of leadership, teamwork, and communication. While at Oregon State University, Fiez implemented a learner-centered program, called TekBots, where freshman students develop an autonomous robot and build upon this platform during their four-year curriculum. By engaging students with a real system that does something interesting, students experience the frustration of getting real systems to work and the satisfaction of accomplishing the task. By graduation, students not only have a robot that they’ve customized, they also fully understand how it works and how it got there. Fiez also launched the first online post-baccalaureate program to provide computer science degrees for students with degrees from non-engineering disciplines.
An IEEE Fellow, Fiez is currently vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA.