The Belmont “Lab”

Hello. And welcome to Barry Belmont’s Learning Activities Bararium* (hereinafter, “Lab”). The Belmont Lab is a place where learning happens, is shared, examined, and, if we’re lucky, at least partially understood. I’ve got some sense of the way I’d like engineering education to go and this is my embodiment of that philosophy. In a sense, these are educational experiments that I’ve tried my best at in hopes of someone doing it better in the future. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of that, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: belmont@umich.edu.

Recently awarded Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for the project “Telling Human Stories, Creating Human Engineers.”

Upcoming bioethics discussions: Zombies, 10/23, 7pm and Cloning, 11/06, 7pm
Upcoming academic events: Midterm ENGR 100; Midterm BIOMEDE 241; class observation ENGR 100
Recent writings:A historical moment, soon to be footnote, to notice“; “Medical device history right before our eyes“; “Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3, Item 7

 

What I try to do

I believe in the development of well-rounded engineers. May no engineer go to their grave having never read a poem, a datasheet, or a patent application. To that end, I try to create as many learning opportunities as I can for all the (seriously, wickedly) smart people surrounding me – such as bioethical discussions and advanced instrumentation lectures – and vicariously benefit from learning even more from them. 

I also keep something of a running blog.

Why I try to do it

My philosophy: The world could stand to think a little bit more about itself and where it’s heading. We have a brilliant generation of engineers coming up in the world and they’ve got ideas about how they want it to look and they want the skills to make it look that way. We’ve got to equip them with these skills and many others. And I think I can help.

 


An art of sorts