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. Tamara Bush
Assistant ProfessorMichigan State University
Dr. Tamara Reid Bush holds the position of Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. Broadly, Dr. Bush’s area of research is whole-body biomechanics. She conducts in vivo experimentation, methods development, and modeling to understand clinically motivated problems connected with human movement and force generation. Dr. Bush has conducted research in the areas of seating mechanics, hand function, and pressure ulcer formation. She has a strong interest in educational innovation particularly around inter-disciplinary teaming for new product development. She has also conducted work in the area of women’s leadership and served as a consultant for several ...
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.
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. 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 ...
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.
Prof. Dave Raj Raman
Professor and Associate Chair for TeachingIowa State University
Raman is Professor and Associate Chair for Teaching in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He oversees curricula and accreditation for two engineering degree programs, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, oversees three NSF/USDA funded undergraduate research experience programs, serves as education director for two multi-year, multi-institutional research centers, and conducts technoeconomic and lifecycle analyses research on bioprocessing systems. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a BS in Electrical Engineering from RIT and a PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell, and has been recognized with departmental, college, and ...
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. Jennifer M Bekki
Assistant ProfessorArizona State University
Jennifer M. Bekki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Computing Systems at Arizona State University. She joined the faculty in August, 2008 after completing her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Fulton School of Engineering at ASU. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for the CareerWISE research program, which seeks to to understand and reduce attrition of women from science and engineering doctoral programs. Her research interests include discrete event simulation methodology, modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems, online learning, educational data mining / learner analytics, engineering student persistence, and STEM graduate ...
Ms. Karen Bangs
LecturerCalifornia Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Karen Bangs holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly SLO and an MBA from University of California, Irvine. She is in her 8th year of teaching at Cal Poly. Before joining Cal Poly she spent 19 years in the semi-conductor industry working at Skyworks Solutions Inc. (formerly Conexant Systems Inc. formerly Rockwell Semiconductor Systems). Her responsibilities included Industrial Engineering analysis, Operations Finance and Supply Chain Management. She teaches a wide range of subjects from Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering to Human Factors to Quality Engineering. She also led the Women In Engineering Program 2007-2010.
Mikhail Chester is an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Sustainability Engineering department at Arizona State University. His area of expertise is the energy and environmental assessment of infrastructure systems. His research has focused on transportation systems and cities, evaluating life-cycle and supply chain effects and their associated human and environmental impacts. Dr. Chester’s research expands the assessment boundaries of complex systems to understand comprehensive effects of policies and decisions, including infrastructure interdependencies. Ultimately, he is interested in determining the eternal control and damage costs of these impacts and advancing ...
Dr. Jacquelyn Kay Nagel
Assistant ProfessorJames Madison University
Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Dr. Nagel has seven years of diversified experience, both in academia and industry, including: biomimicry, electrical and control system design, manufacturing system design, rapid manufacturing, industrial robotics, and factory automation and control. She earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering studying engineering design theory from Oregon State University, and her M.S. and B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. Dr. Nagel’s research interest lies at the intersection of ...
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 ...
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