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.
Prof. Nicholas R Gans
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Gans is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. His current research includes control of self-optimizing autonomous sensors to maximize information, human-machine interfaces, vision-based control of autonomous ground and air vehicles, and use of hyperspectral, thermal and range cameras. Dr. Gans earned his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering and his Ph.D. in systems and entrepreneurial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. He was a postdoc researcher with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Florida and with the National Research Council and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Prof. Alexandros Taflanidis
Associate ProfessorUniversity of Notre Dame
Alexandros Taflanidis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences and Faculty Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He received his diploma (2002) and M.Sc (2003) in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and his PhD (2008) in Civil Engineering from Caltech. His research focuses on the implementation of advanced computational/simulation methodologies for assessment and mitigation of risk due to natural hazards and he also works on sustainable solutions for low-income residential housing in the developing world under the banner of Engineering2Empower.
Dr. Erin Lynne Jablonski
Associate ProfessorBucknell University
Erin Jablonski is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, where she joined the faculty in 2004. Prof. Jablonski completed her graduate work at Iowa State University with the support of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship before becoming a National Research Council post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2002-2004). Pedagogical interests include project- and problem-based active learning, entrepreneurship, and pre-college outreach. Her current research is in the use of hydrogels in milli-fluidic devices to facilitate unique flow-contacting experiments. Recently this has involved the study of ...
Prof. Mark Sherriff
Associate ProfessorUniversity of Virginia
Mark Sherriff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UVa. His teaching focus is in introductory computer science, computer game design, software engineering, database management, and web and mobile systems. His research interests are in CS education at all levels, computer game design, and agile software development. In 2010, he received the highest teaching award in the School of Engineering at UVa, the Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize. Since then, he has received four other teaching awards from UVa student groups. He received his PhD in 2007 from NC State University.
Professor Conrad S. Tucker
Assistant ProfessorPenn State University
Dr. Conrad Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design Technology And Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. He also holds an Affiliate Faculty position in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. Dr. Tucker is the director of the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (D.A.T.A) Laboratory and his research interests are in formalizing system design processes under the paradigm of data mining/knowledge discovery and optimization. He is interested in engineering design and engineering education in the areas of consumer electronics, sustainability and ...
Dr. Noah Malmstadt
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Southern California
Noah Malmstadt received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. Following postdoctoral work at UCLA, he joined the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC in 2007. His research focuses on synthetic cell membrane systems and multiphase microfluidic strategies for nanofabrication. He is the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award. His work in engineering education focuses on integrating team-based design projects into the core chemical engineering curriculum.
Prof. Gary E. Wnek
ProfessorCase Western Reserve University
Gary Wnek received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1980. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the Department of Chemistry at RPI, and was Founding Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2004, he joined Case Western Reserve University, where he is currently the Joseph F Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering, Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Associate Dean of Academics.
Dr. Rebecca Lyn Carrier
Associate ProfessorNortheastern University
Rebecca Carrier earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from RPI in 1995, and a Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2000, where she worked as a pioneer in cardiac muscle tissue engineering. After completing her graduate studies, Dr. Carrier worked at Pfizer, Inc., as a Senior Research Scientist in oral controlled release drug delivery. She joined Northeastern University’s Chemical Engineering Department in 2003, and has built a research program focused on relating material properties to biological response in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. Her educational efforts are focused on integrating experiential learning into engineering curriculum.
Prof William Oates
Associate ProfessorFlorida State University
William S. Oates is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University. His research interests include solid mechanics of functional materials such as ferroelectric materials, electroactive elastomers, and liquid crystal polymer networks. His research also focuses on the integration of these materials into adaptive structures and systems. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He spent two years at North Carolina State University at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation conducting research in nonlinear control before arriving at Florida State University in 2006.
Professor Ergun Simsek
Assistant ProfessorThe George Washington University
Dr. Ergun Simsek completed his Ph.D. at Duke University (Durham, NC) in 2006 and worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Schlumberger-Doll Research (Cambridge, MA) till 2008. Between 2008 and 2011, he was a faculty member and a Marie Curie fellow at Bahcesehir University (Istanbul, Turkey). In August 2011, he joined the George Washington University as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Simsek's current and past studies are engaged with theoretical, computational, and experimental research at the broad interface between electromagnetics and optics. Dr. Simsek teaches courses in electromagnetic theory and nano optics.
Dr. Cinda Heeren
Sr LecturerUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cinda Heeren lectures in the CS Department at the University of Illinois, where she teaches a rigorous Data structures course to 500 students per semester. Dr. Heeren's recent projects include: • development of new course infrastructure and data collection tools for early CS courses, • curriculum for parallel computing (NSF/TCPP Early Adopter), • “Visualizing Literature”, a new course whose purpose is to remind CS majors of the joy of reading a novel. Dr. Heeren is active in CS outreach and diversification. She is the faculty advisor to the Women in CS, and Association for Computing Machinery student organizations at UIUC.
Dr. Aaron M Hoover
Assistant ProfessorFranklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Dr. Hoover has been an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Olin College since 2011. Before Olin, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley. His research interests lie in bio-inspired robotic locomotion, underactuated robotic design and control, and milli-scale manufacturing. In 2009, Dr. Hoover's research was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's science show, "Catalyst." Dr. Hoover holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford University both in mechanical engineering. He is a strong proponent of experiential, hands-on learning and enjoys the challenge of continually improving ...
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