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The Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education.
Dr. Stephen W. Thiel
Professor - EducatorUniversity of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. Stephen W. Thiel is a Professor – Educator in the Chemical Engineering (CHE)program at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches process design and serves as the undergraduate program director for the CHE program. His research focuses on adsorption and ion exchange processes and absorption thermodynamics; he is Vice Chair of the Bioseparations Area for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He earned his CHE degrees at Virginia Tech (BS) and The University of Texas at Austin (MS, PhD). He has nearly 15 years of industrial experience. Dr. Thiel is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.
Dr Jeffrey Knutsen
InstructorUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Jeffrey Knutsen is an instructor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His interests focus primarily on the implementation of novel teaching strategies in the classroom, especially the use of electronic resources such as screencasts, concept tests, and the use of a tablet computer to facilitate a more dynamic presentation of course material. He has won a number of department- and college-level awards, including the Charles C. Gates Mechanical Engineering Faculty Fellowship and the Peebles Innovation in Education Award.
Prof. Konrad Rykaczewski
Assistant ProfessorArizona State University
Konrad Rykaczewski is an assistant professor at School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at ASU. He received his BS (2005), MS (2007) and PhD (2009) in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was a research scientist at MIT and NRC postdoctoral fellow at NIST. His current research interests include fundamental studies of nano/microscale thermofluidic and interfacial phenomena, novel in situ and cryogenic electron and ion beam microscopy methods, and nanoengineering of functional surfaces with special wettability for a variety of applications.
Dr. Kyle Bibby
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Pittsburgh
Dr. Kyle Bibby is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment in Computational Biology. Prior to joining Pitt, he completed his BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and PhD in Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research interests center around understanding the presence, ecology, and diversity of microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria, in the context of water quality and human health. In addition, he is interested in developing research experiences for both undergraduate engineering students and the general public (citizen science).
Prof. David M. Cwiertny
Associate ProfessorThe University of Iowa
David M. Cwiertny is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa (UI), where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science with a Chemistry minor from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He researches aquatic pollutant fate in natural and engineered systems and teaches courses related to society’s pursuit of sustainable water resources. He also serves as the Environmental Policy Research Director at the UI Public Policy Center and the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.
Prof. Romel D. Gomez
ProfessorUniversity of Maryland
R.D. Mel Gomez is a Professor and Associate Chair of ECE at the University of Maryland. He teaches engineering design, circuits, microelectronics, electromagnetics, and quantum theory. He helped modernize the ECE curriculum, and is the architect of a course that introduces ECE principles using hands-on pedagogy. Dr. Gomez is also researcher in the broad areas of micromagnetism and biosensing. He co-authored over 80 publications, several book chapters and three U.S. Patents. He has received several national and international awards. He earned in PhD from the University of Maryland, MS from Wayne State and BS from the University of the Philippines.
Prof. David Issadore
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Pennsylvania
My research focuses on the integration of microelectronics, microfluidics, nanomaterials and their application to medicine. This multidisciplinary approach enables me to explore new technologies to bring medical diagnostics from expensive, centralized facilities, directly to clinical and resource-limited settings. My academic background in electrical engineering and applied physics and my research experience in a hospital research laboratory prepared me to work and collaborate effectively on these inherently cross-disciplinary problems.
Dr. Sinan Onal
Assistant ProfessorSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dr. Sinan Onal is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He received his MS degree in Engineering Management and Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from University of South Florida. His current research focuses on Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD), medical product development, machine learning and data mining, and manufacturing and R&D strategy. He worked twelve years in industry for several companies in a range of positions and departments. Dr. Onal has extensive experience on new product development.
Prof. Waheed U. Bajwa
Assistant ProfessorRutgers University--New Brunswick
Waheed U. Bajwa received PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University from 2009 to 2010, and a Research Scientist at Duke University from 2010 to 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. He received the Morgridge Distinguished Graduate Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2014, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015. His research interests include harmonic analysis, statistics, machine learning, and signal processing.
Prof. Kyle Reed
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of South Florida
Kyle B. Reed is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2001 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at The Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include haptics, human-machine interaction, rehabilitation engineering, medical robotics, and engineering education.
Dr. Nina Robson
Assistant ProfessorCalifornia State University, Fullerton
Nina Robson completed her MS degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and her PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
Nina Robson has worked extensively in the areas of Robotics, Geometric Design of Mechanisms and Biomechanics. At California State University, Fullerton she is teaching the one year long Senior Design Project class, as well as other classes in the areas of Kinematics of Mechanisms, Mechanical Design and Robotics.
Dr. Steffen Peuker
Assistant ProfessorCalifornia Polytechnic State University
Dr. Steffen Peuker holds the James L. Bartlett, Jr. Assistant Professor position in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the California State University in San Luis Obispo. His research in engineering education focuses on increasing student retention and success in engineering through implementation of a student success focused approach in introduction to engineering courses/seminars. In addition, his work in engineering education innovations focuses on Team-Based Learning (TBL), student-industry cooperation, and developing innovative ways of merging engineering fundamentals and engineering in practice and research. He is teaching courses, including laboratories, in the HVAC&R ...
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