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USU Professor Returns from 18th Trip to Thailand in 15 Years

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

USU professor Ed Reeve and two attendees at conference in Thailand

Ed Reeve with two attendees of the International Conference on Learning Innovation in Science and Technology in Thailand.

A science and technology conference held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Jan. 22-24 recently featured professor Ed Reeve of Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences as its keynote speaker.

The 2014 International Conference on Learning Innovation in Science and Technology (ICLIST) was a conference where educators, researchers and professionals gathered to share ideas and research findings. This year, those ideas and findings were centered on STEM education, an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As a professor in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education, Reeve’s research and instruction specifically focus on the technology and engineering aspect of STEM and in training future educators in the disciplines. In his keynote address, Reeve discussed the components of STEM and how engineering design can be used to teach innovation in STEM.

“Important to this entire region [Southeast Asia] is developing education to advance global competitiveness,” Reeve said. “So many of these countries are looking to increase their knowledge of STEM education.”

Although this was Reeve’s first time attending the ICLIST, he is no stranger to Thailand.

Upon returning from the conference, Reeve completed his 18th trip to the country in the last 15 years. In that duration, he has traveled to Thailand for a number of reasons, including service as an international technical literacy consultant, a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Senior Specialist, and has worked with the government in Thailand on various projects. Currently, he is working with several institutions in developing STEM-related curricula.

Reeve said he believes his work with Thailand promotes international collaboration and mutually beneficial situations for both countries.

“The United States still has one of the best higher educational systems in the world and others frequently come here looking for ideas and advice as they try to bring their countries up to international standards,” Reeve said. “For many of us who work in international collaborative settings, there is great satisfaction when we see that our efforts really can make a difference to a people and its country.”

Reeve also noted that traveling to Thailand personally makes him a better teacher and researcher at USU.

“You get introduced to new cultures, new technologies, new ways of doing things,” he said.

Not only that, but it also helps students at Utah State as well, he added.

“I think in your teachings you can provide a global perspective to the students that helps better prepare them to live in the 21st century,” he said. “My graduates are not only competing with their neighbors, but they’re competing with the world. They need to have broad perspectives and you can help provide them with that through international travel.”

Originally, Reeve said he became involved in helping Thailand in the late 1990s during USU’s Thai Skills Development Project that aimed to help the country develop technical skills.

“Over the years, I’ve worked with many different universities and government organizations, and think I have made a difference. That is why I still continue to seek collaborations with Thailand and Asia,” he said. “Plus, they have great weather, gracious people and, of course, good food.”

Related links:

USU School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education

USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Contact: Ed Reeve, 435-797-3642,

Writer: Allie Jeppson Jurkatis, 435-797-7406,

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