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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.
Professor Bryan W Boudouris
Assistant ProfessorPurdue University
Bryan W. Boudouris is an assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Furthermore, he is a co-founder and scientific advisor of the water purification start-up company Anfiro, Inc. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2009, he conducted postdoctoral research from 2009 to 2011 at the University of California, Berkeley. His group’s current research interests include the design, characterization, and implementation of homopolymers and block polymers for advanced water, energy, and security applications.
Prof. Mark French
ProfessorUniversity of Louisville
Mark N. French, PhD, PE, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Louisville. Mark’s research addresses sustainable water treatment, hydrologic rainfall-runoff, stream and reservoir water quality, waterway transportation logistics, and effective teaching and learning.
Dr. French teaches courses in mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, water treatment, groundwater flow (classroom and online), and international service for engineering students (in the Philippines). He is a mentor for students in the Brown Fellow Scholar program. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer(PE), has a PhD from the University of Iowa (IIHR), MS from MIT, and MEng from the University ...
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.
Dr. Dirk Grunwald
ProfessorUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Dirk Grunwald is the Wilfred and Caroline Slade Endowed Professor at the University of Colorado in the Department of Computer Science. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1989 and has been at the University of Colorado since that time. Dr. Grunwald's research involves computer systems, security and wireless networking. He has graduated over 25 Ph.D. students while at Colorado.
Dr. Margaret Slattery
Assistant ProfessorPennsylvania State University
Dr. Slattery’s work focuses on the undergraduate biomedical engineering student and their academic experience. She works in a range of roles: teaching core curriculum - from first year seminars through senior capstone design courses, and guiding students as an academic adviser. She serves as the departmental program administrator and is engaged at the college level in student recruitment and student services. At the university level she leads curricular affairs, and general education reform. She is continually looking to use her experience and passion for engineering education to enhance student learning and help engage students in meaningful educational experiences.
Dr. Nicholas A. Pohlman
Associate ProfessorNorthern Illinois University
Dr. Pohlman completed his mechanical engineering undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton followed by an SM in aeronautics & astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in mechanical engineering at Northwestern University. For the past eight years, he has been an a faculty member at Northern Illinois University serving as instructor for both upper division courses in Fluid Mechanics and Experimental Methods as well as the general education courses of Introduction to Engineering and Energy & the Environment. He has received multiple faculty of the year awards from the department, college, and university honors program.
Dr. Deborah D Stine
Professor of the PracticeCarnegie Mellon University
Dr. Deborah Stine is Professor of the Practice in Engineering and Public Policy and Associate Director for Policy Outreach for the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. She was Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House from 2009-2012. Previously, she was a science and technology policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service and associate director of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy at the National Academies. She holds a BS in engineering from the University of California, Irvine, an MBA, and a PhD from American University.
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).
Dr Michael Swartwout
Associate ProfessorParks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Saint Louis University
Michael Swartwout studies the design, operation and success rates of space systems, with an emphasis on very small spacecraft (CubeSats). He is particularly interested the ways that design influences organizational structure and vice versa, and how those influences can aid or impair mission success.
Dr. Swartwout tests these ideas via teams of undergraduate students, who design, build, test and fly spacecraft. The first mission flew in 2013, and the next one will fly in late 2015.
Professor Virginia Angelica Davis
I am an Alumni Professor in Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering. My teaching includes freshman introduction to engineering, junior chemical engineering, and senior/graduate student nanotechnology courses. I am also very involved in mentoring and developing content for K-12 outreach. My research is focused on using scalable fluid phase manufacturing techniques to assemble nanomaterials into useful macroscale materials. I received my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 2006. Prior to pursuing my PhD, I worked for eleven years in Shell Chemicals’ polymer businesses in the US and Europe. My awards include a 2010 PECASE Award.
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.
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.
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