ADVANCES IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Larry J. Shuman
Distinguished Service Professor of Industrial Engineering
Swanson School of Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Larry J. Shuman is the Distinguished Service Professor of Industrial Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. He previously served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within the Swanson School of Engineering for 32 years. His research currently focuses on improving the engineering educational experience, emphasizing assessment of learning and students’ problem-solving abilities. Earlier research has addressed how engineers recognize and resolve potential ethical dilemmas in the workplace. When first joining the University of Pittsburgh he was a very active researcher in the field of Health Services Research.
Within the Swanson School of Engineering Dr. Shuman led the development of very successful cooperative engineering education study abroad programs. He served as the Spring 2002 Academic Dean for the Semester at Sea Program. A former senior editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Dr. Shuman is the founding editor of ASEE’s Advances in Engineering Education. He has published widely in the engineering education literature, and before that the health services research literature (nearly 200 papers). He is co-author of Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule and Risk – Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Health Operations Research: A Critical Analysis, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975. Dr. Shuman received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Operations Research and the BSEE from the University of Cincinnati. He is an ASEE Fellow.
Professor of Engineering Education
Holly Matusovich is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Education. She is currently the Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Programs and former Assistant Department Head for Graduate Programs. Dr. Matusovich’s research expertise includes using motivation and related frameworks to study student engagement in learning, student retention in engineering undergraduate programs, graduate programs and careers, and faculty teaching practices specifically associated with intersections of motivation, metacognition, and learning strategies. Her strengths include qualitative and mixed methods educational research study design and implementation.
Across all of her research avenues, Dr. Matusovich has been a PI/Co-PI on 12 funded research projects including the NSF CAREER Award, with her share of funding being nearly $2.3 million. She has co-authored 2 book chapters, 21 journal publications, and more than 70 conference papers. She has won several Virginia Tech awards, including a Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Faculty, and Outstanding Teacher Award, and a Faculty Fellow Award. Dr. Matusovich also won the Hokie Supervisor Spotlight Award in 2014, and won the 2018 Graduate Student Mentor Award for the College of Engineering. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in Materials Science from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University.
John C. Chen
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
John Chen is a professor of mechanical engineering at Cal Poly, which he joined in 2008. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at Rowan University, where he collaborated with colleagues on the development of the Engineering Clinics. His professional and research interests include design skills and efficacy of K-12 students and teachers, lifelong learning skills of engineering students, conceptual learning and conceptual change, and the role of non-cognitive and affective traits on engineering students’ success. He is active within ASEE and has previously served as program chair for the Minorities in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Educational Research and Methods divisions.
Email: John C. Chen
Research Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Swanson School of Engineering Director of Assessment
University of Pittsburgh
Renee Clark is Research Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of Assessment for the Engineering Education Research Center (EERC) in the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. She conducts research on education projects that focus on active learning and engineering professional development. Renee has served as an external evaluator on several NSF funded projects. Current research includes the propagation of active learning throughout the Swanson School funded through a 2018 Innovation in Education Award from the Provost. Professor Clark has published her research in IEEE Transactions on Education, Computer Applications in Engineering Education, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Advances in Engineering Education. She received the Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and the MS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western. She has 25 years of experience as an engineer and analyst in industry and academia. She completed her post-doctoral studies in engineering education at the University of Pittsburgh.
Email: Renee M. Clark
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Kevin Dahm is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. He earned his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1992 and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. He has published two books, “Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics” with Donald Visco, and “Interpreting Diffuse Reflectance and Transmittance” with his father Donald Dahm. He has been an active member of ASEE since 2000 and has served as an officer in both the Chemical Engineering and Engineering Economy divisions. He has received the Corcoran Award, the Joseph J. Martin Award, the PIC-III Best Paper Award, the Raymond W. Fahien Award and the Mid-Atlantic Section Outstanding Teaching Award from ASEE.
Chair and Professor
Materials Engineering Department
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Trevor S. Harding is Chair and Professor of Materials Engineering at California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo where he teaches courses in polymeric materials, life cycle design, biopolymers and nanocomposites. Dr. Harding has published numerous manuscripts in the area of ethical development of engineering undergraduates through application of psycho-social models of moral expertise. He also conducts research in reflective thinking, student motivation, service learning, and project-based learning. His technical research is focused on degradation of biomedical materials in vitro and the development of biodegradable and renewable polymeric nanocomposites. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the online journal Advances in Engineering Education, is past-Chair of the ASEE Materials Division and Community Engagement Division. He received the 2008 President’s Service Learning Award for innovations in the use of service learning at Cal Poly. In 2004 he was named a Templeton Research Fellow by the Center for Academic Integrity, Duke University. Dr. Harding received both the 1999 Apprentice Faculty Grant and 2000 New Faculty Fellow Award for his contributions to engineering education. When Dr. Harding is not at work, he is an avid paddler, homebrewer, off-roader, and caregiver to over 500 species of cacti from around the world.
Director of EM@FSE Program Effectiveness
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University
Gary Lichtenstein, Ed.D., is Director of Program Effectiveness for the Entrepreneurial Mindset initiative at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Prior to joining ASU in 2016, Gary was Founder and Principal of Quality Evaluation Designs, a firm that has conducted research and evaluation for foundations, government agencies, PK-12 school districts and higher education institutions nationwide since 1996. In addition to his own entrepreneurial experience, Gary has been lead evaluator for the NSF-funded I-Corps™ for Learning program and the Kern grant for entrepreneurial mindset at ASU. He has extensive background in STEM education and has twice been awarded the William Elgin Wickenden Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) article each year that exemplifies the highest standards of scholarly research.
Email: Gary Lichtenstein
Thomas A. Litzinger
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Accreditation
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of Leonhard Center
Pennsylvania State University
Thomas A. Litzinger is the assistant dean for educational innovation, accreditation and digital learning, director for the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education, and professor of mechanical engineering. He has served as the Penn State Principal Investigator of the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Engineering and Leadership (ECSEL). Through this experience, he developed a broad understanding of the changes needed in engineering education and the drivers for change. An award winning teacher and researcher, Dr. Litzinger provides leadership on issues related to engineering education in the College. Through ECSEL he was involved not only in the curricular and teaching/learning reform, but also in the faculty and student development programs required to bring about change. Dr. Litzinger received the B. S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State, the Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from RPI and the Ph. D. from Princeton (Combustion). He is an ASEE Fellow.
Daniel J. Moore
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dr. Daniel Moore’s is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His areas of expertise include engineering design, electronics, engineering educational methods, engineering ethics and international design projects. He is involved in undergraduate capstone design projects and international team-based projects, and is co-director of dual master’s degree program with the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany. Professionally, he is associate editor of the Advances in Engineering Education online, peer-reviewed journal, has been a program chair for the Frontiers in Education Conference the division chair for the American Society of Engineering Education’s Educational Research Materials meetings, and is an ABET program evaluator at national and international locations. Dr. Moore co-advises the Alpha Phi Omega service organization.
William C. Oakes
Professor of Engineering Education
Director of EPICS
Bill Oakes is the Co-Director of the EPICS Program and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He is a leader in service-learning at the university and K-12 level, conducting more than 70 workshops, publishing articles and contributing to nine books including co-authoring the first text for engineering service-learning. He was the first engineer to receive the U.S. Campus Compact’s Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Educating, recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Chester Carlson Award for Excellence. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Gül E. Okudan Kremer
Professor and Chair
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
The Iowa State University
Gül E. Kremer is a Professor and C.G. “Turk” & Joyce A. Therkildsen Department Chair of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at The Iowa State University. She has served in several leadership roles within Penn State, before joining Iowa State, including Chair of the Engineering Faculty Council, Engineering Caucus Leader, Chair of Engineering Curriculum Committee and Chair of the University Planning Committee. Dr. Kremer has degrees in industrial engineering from Yildiz Technical University, an MBA from Istanbul University and a PhD in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She has been a National Research Council-US AFRL Summer Faculty Fellow in the Human Effectiveness Directorate from 2002 to 2004, and a Fulbright Scholar (2010-2011). She served as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education between August 2013 and August 2016. Dr. Kremer’s research interests include applied decision analysis to improve complex products and systems, and engineering education. The results of her research efforts have been presented in various publications (3 books, more than 280 refereed publications). Six of her papers have been recognized with Best Paper awards. She has active research collaborations in China, France, and Taiwan. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).
Larry G. Richards
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Virginia
Larry G. Richards is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia. He recently retired after 49 years at UVA. Larry is active in the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Frontiers in Education (FIE), and the National Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). He serves as the UVA ASEE Campus Representative and is affiliated with the Educational Research and Methods (ERM), Pre-College Engineering Education (K 12), Design in Engineering Education, and Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Divisions. Larry is a Fellow of ASEE. Since 2002, Larry has brought Engineering Teaching Kits (ETKs) into middle school science and math classes through the Virginia Middle School Engineering Education Initiative. He regularly conducts workshops for teachers and summer programs for middle and high school students, and works with colleagues from the Curry School of Education to introduce future teachers to engineers and the engineering design method. Larry is on the Board of the Public Education Foundation of Charlottesville Albemarle.
Larry’s current scholarly interests include engineering entrepreneurship, creativity and new product development, the engineering design process, and the role of technology in design. He also studies innovative methods to improve engineering education, including active and cooperative learning, case methods, computer based techniques, and distance and on-line learning. His graduate Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists was converted to an asynchronous on-line course in 2010 and has reached students around Virginia and the nation.
Sheryl A. Sorby
Professor of Engineering Education
University of Cincinnati
Sheryl Sorby is Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the Department of Engineering Education, she was a visiting Professor in the Engineering Education and Innovation Center at The Ohio State University and Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. She has also served as Program Director within the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. At Michigan Tech, Dr. Sorby served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering and before that as Department Chair of Engineering Fundamentals. Her research interests include graphics and visualization. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $7M in external funding for educational projects, most for the National Science Foundation, and is the author of numerous publications and several textbooks. Dr. Sorby received a bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1982, a master’s in engineering mechanics in 1985, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics in 1991, all from Michigan Technological University.
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
University of Oklahoma
Susan Walden is the founding Director of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE) and an associate research professor in the Dean’s office of the Gallogly College of Engineering (CoE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). She also is the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research in the office of the VPR-Norman, leading efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research. Her RISE research work examines the systemic cultural and structural barriers to broadening participation in STEM majors. She leads the OU involvement in the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. Nationally, she serves as the incoming Vice-Chair on the Committee on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and is in a second term as a Councilor on the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
Professor, Engineering Education
Bevlee Watford is a Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her B.S. in Mining Engineering, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech. Since 1992 she has been the Founding Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). She has secured more than $12 million dollars in funding and support for CEED and other undergraduate initiatives. Her research activities have focused on the recruitment and retention of students in engineering, with a particular emphasis on under-represented students. CEED has implemented nationally recognized programs that have enhanced the success of all students. These include freshmen peer mentoring, summer bridge for incoming freshman and residential living-learning communities. Dr. Watford has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering since 1997. From 2005-2007, she served as a program manager in the Division of Undergraduate Education for the National Science Foundation, returning from 2013-2015 to serve as the program director for broadening participation in the Directorate for Engineering. An active member of ASEE since 1986 and a Fellow since 2010, Bevlee A. Watford has served the organization in several capacities, most recently as President (2017-18). Watford was the 2004-5 President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA).
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