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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. 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.
Prof. Gunar Schirner
Associate ProfessorNortheastern University
Gunar Schirner is an Associate Professor at the Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He holds a Ph.D. degree (2008) and a M.S. degree (2005) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He graduated in computer engineering from the Berufsakademie Berlin, Germany, in 1998.
Gunar Schirner also has 5 years of industry experience at Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) where he designed distributed embedded real-time software for telecommunication products. His research interests include the design of embedded computer systems; novel architectures for embedded vision; cyberphysical systems; system-level design and methodologies; hardware/software co-design.
Assistant Professor Chloe Arson
Assistant ProfessorGeorgia Institute of Technology
Arson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned a Master in civil engineering (2006), a Master of Science in soil and rock mechanics (2006) and a Ph.D. in geomechanics (2009) at Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (France). She is a theoretical and numerical expert in damage and healing rock mechanics, thermo-chemo-poromechanics, and underground storage. She organizes sponsored research workshops, and serves as a reviewer for more than twenty journals. At GeorgiaTech, she leads the Energy Geotechnology undergraduate laboratory and is supported to study ethics and hydraulic fracturing.
Dr. Rachel McCord
LecturerThe University of Tennessee
Dr. Rachel McCord is a Lecturer in the Engineering Fundamentals Division at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UTK and her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Dr. McCord teaches engineering phsyics to approximately 750 students each semester. She also teaches the only academic student success course devoted specifically to engineering students on the UTK campus. Her research interests include the development of self-regulatory and metacognitive skills in engineering students and how these skills impact performance and retention.
Dr. Amit Banerjee
Associate ProfessorPenn State University-Harrisburg
Amit Banerjee is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Durgapur, India, an M.Des. in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark NJ. He was with the Evolutionary Computing Systems Laboratory in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests include design optimization, evolutionary algorithms, data mining, machine learning and robotics.
Prof. Regina Murphy
ProfessorUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Regina Murphy received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and worked for five years at Chevron's Richmond Refinery, before returning to MIT for graduate studies. She joined the faculty in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1989. Her primary research interest is in aggregation of a class of proteins known as amyloidogenic proteins, which have been linked to Alzheimer's, Huntington’s, and other neurodegenerative disease. She is the author of a textbook, Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis, Synthesis, received the Chancellor’s Teaching Award, and has been elected Fellow of AIMBE.
Professor Karen Marais
Associate ProfessorPurdue University
Dr. Karen Marais is an Associate Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue. She does research on safety analysis and risk assessment of complex socio-technical systems. She is using her 2014 NSF CAREER award to develop new ways of teaching systems engineering. She holds a B. Eng. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of South Africa. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT in 2001 and 2005. Before graduate school, she worked in South Africa as an electronic engineer.
Dr. Clifton Brock Woodson
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Georgia
Dr. Woodson is a civil engineer and coastal oceanographer who works on coastal sustainability issues, coastal circulation, and biophysical coupling in marine ecosystems. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Georgia for 3 years and was a Research Engineer and Senior Lecturer at Stanford University in his prior appointment. At UGA, Dr. Woodson teaches engineering-wide Fluid Mechanics. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2015 university-wide Creative Teaching Award. His research takes him to remote areas worldwide, currenty Baja, MX and Ofu, American Samoa.
Prof. Rudiger Schlaf
Prof.University of South Florida
Rudy Schlaf joined the EE department at USF in 2000. His field of research is electronic materials and their interfaces. He has a strong interest in undergraduate education. He started the USF College of Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates program in 2002 and directed it until 2014. This program introduced a significant number of undergraduates (~800) to state-of-the-art research in research labs across the college and USF. His current focus in undergraduate teaching is on experiential learning/teaching techniques that have the potential to reach larger numbers of undergraduate students to improve retention and career preparedness.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth LeBleu Dirk
Assistant ProfessorThe University of New Mexico
Dr. Elizabeth Hedberg-Dirk is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her PhD in Bioengineering from Rice University. She has taught Chemical Reaction Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering as core chemical engineering undergraduate courses as well as an elective in tissue engineering for both chemical and biomedical engineering undergraduate and graduate students. She has attended the ASEE Chemical Engineering Summer School and was an active participant in the VaNTH Third Biomedical Education Summit.
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. Matthew Eckelman
Assistant ProfessorNortheastern University
Matthew Eckelman is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with secondary appointments in Chemical Engineering and Public Policy. His research focuses on large-scale modeling of industrial resource use and emissions and subsequent impacts on the environment and public health. Dr. Eckelman was a co-recipient of the Laudise Prize in Industrial Ecology in 2013 and an NSF CAREER award in 2015. He holds a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Amherst College and a doctorate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University.
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