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. Kerry Meyers
Director, First-Year Engineering Program and Assistant Professor Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringYoungstown State University
Dr. Kerry Meyers is in her second year as the Director of the STEM College’s First-Year Engineering Program at Youngstown State University. Her career is focused on the development of common, project based First-Year Engineering experiences, beginning at the University of Notre Dame where she was also the Director of the First-Year Engineering Program from 2005-2012. Further, her research interests relate to Engineering Educational issues in the early stages of student development and progress. Her core engineering educational background is Mechanical Engineering and doctoral work is in Engineering Education, both from Purdue University.
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.
Dr. Rolfe Josef Sassenfeld
Assistant ProfessorNew Mexico State University
Dr. Rolfe Sassenfeld, son of German Rocket Scientist Helmut Sassenfeld, earned his Doctoral degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso. He has worked in higher education for 25 years as a Director of Instructional Technology, Computer Science Lecturer, and Research Assistant Professor. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering in the Engineering Technology department of New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering. His current focus is developing a “Freshman Engineering Experience” with his colleagues to improve retention of at-risk students and to better prepare freshmen engineers for success in the upper division.
Dr. Cheryl Bodnar
Assistant Professor (Teaching Track)University of Pittsburgh
Cheryl A. Bodnar, PhD, CTDP is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Track) in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bodnar’s research interests relate to the incorporation of active learning techniques in undergraduate classes (problem based learning, games and simulations, etc.) as well as integration of innovation and entrepreneurship into engineering curriculum. In addition, she is actively engaged in the development of a variety of informal science education approaches with the goal of exciting and teaching K-12 students about regenerative medicine and its potential.
Prof. Maria Garlock
Associate ProfessorPrinceton University
Dr. Maria Garlock is an associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton. Her scholarship is in resilient building design for large earthquakes and fires, as isolated and as combined multi-hazard events. In addition, Dr. Garlock studies the best examples of structural designs of the present and past, which encompass the ideals of efficiency, economy, and elegance. She has co-curated three exhibitions with scale models and instructional displays that teach about exemplary structural engineering designs. She is the recipient of the 2012 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is the highest teaching award at Princeton.
Dr. Vinod Kumar
Dr.The University of Texas at El Paso
I am an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering (UTEP, 2008-present) & a core faculty of the interdisciplinary Computational Science Doctoral Program. I hold a PhD (Mechanical, Rice University, 2005) and BTech (Aerospace Engineering, IIT, 1997). I have a postdoctoral (Physics&Astronomy, Rice University, 2005-2007), research scientists, (GFDL, Princeton University, 2007) and industrial (Fluent Inc./ANSYS Inc., 1997-1999) experiences. I also several summers research experiences (ORNL – Summer 2009, National Energy Technology Labs – Summer 2010, National Renewable Energy Labs – Summer 2011, Air Force Research Labs/Maui – Summer 2012). I usually teach Fluid Mechanics and other ...
Dr. Nadia Kellam
Associate ProfessorArizona State University
Nadia Kellam, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, is co-director of the interdisciplinary engineering education research CLUSTER. In her research, she is interested in understanding how engineering students develop their professional identity, the role of emotion in student learning, and synergistic learning. She designed the environmental engineering synthesis and design studios and is now developing the design spine for the new mechanical engineering program. She is engaged in mentoring early career faculty and a recent research project uncovers the narratives of exemplar engineering faculty that have successfully transitioned to ...
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. Adrienne Robyn Minerick
Associate ProfessorMichigan Technological University
Adrienne is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She leads the Medical microDevice Engineering Research Laboratory (mderl.org), teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, and is active in chemical engineering educational pedagogy as well as women in engineering programs. Adrienne received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and B.S. from Michigan Tech. Adrienne’s research interests include biomedical microdevices and cell electrokinetics. Adrienne earned NSF CAREER, Raymond W. Fahien, and Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Awards (2012). Adrienne presently serves as AES Electrophoresis Society President and an ...
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 ...
Prof. Ismail Fidan
ProfessorTennessee Tech University
Dr. Fidan is a Tenured Full Professor at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology for the last 13 years. He has teaching and research interests in additive manufacturing, computer-aided design, electronics packaging, knowledge-based systems, electromechanical systems, and distance education. Dr. Fidan holds more than a dozen university, state and national awards. He constantly publishes and reviews in many technical journals and conferences. He also actively participates in NSF panels and ABET accreditation services. In the last 10 years, he was able to receive over $1M external R&D grants.
Professor Steven B. Leeb
ProfessorMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Steven B. Leeb received his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. He has served as a commissioned officer in the USAF reserves, and he has been a member on the M.I.T. faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 1993. He also holds a joint appointment in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He currently serves as MacVicar Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems.
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