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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.
Prof. David M. Cwiertny
Associate ProfessorThe University of Iowa
David M. Cwiertny is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa (UI), where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science with a Chemistry minor from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He researches aquatic pollutant fate in natural and engineered systems and teaches courses related to society’s pursuit of sustainable water resources. He also serves as the Environmental Policy Research Director at the UI Public Policy Center and the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.
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. Scot Douglass
Associate Professor, Director Engineering Honors ProgramUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Scot Douglass (PhD University of Colorado)is the Director of the Engineering Honors Program and Faculty-in-Residence of the Andrews Hall Residential College at the University of Colorado Boulder. Professor Douglass is a President's Teaching Scholar and recipient of multiple teaching awards. He is the architect of an Honors Program that does not have an Honors Curriculum but cultivates an Honors culture, leadership and a comprehensive approach to education that transcends the classroom. As a humanist rostered in the College of Engineering, Professor Douglass researches the intersection of philosophy, literature and the integration of vocation with values, commitments and larger ...
Assistant Professor Cassandra Telenko
Assistant ProfessorGeorgia Institute of Technology
Cassandra Telenko is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. Her work in eco-design results in methods for analyzing environmental impacts of design decisions, redesigning products for energy efficiency, modeling usage contexts, and providing actionable guidelines to help designers reduce environmental impacts.
Cassandra’s teaching experience spans engineering design and energy topics at Georgia Tech, UT-Austin, MIT, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She completed her postdoctoral work at MIT and SUTD in 2014, and her Masters (2009) and PhD (2012) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
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 ...
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. Bonnie Haferkamp
Senior LecturerIllinois Institute of Technology
Bonnie Haferkamp is a Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She serves on the Armour College of Engineering Distinctive Education Council and is the Director of Student Success for the college. In these roles, she is involved with developing and implementing curricular and co-curricular programs to enrich the educational experience across all areas of engineering. Prior to joining IIT, she worked for several major life sciences and technology companies as a chemical engineer applying artificial intelligence and mathematical models to biological systems, and in global market development roles.
Prof. Romel D. Gomez
ProfessorUniversity of Maryland
R.D. Mel Gomez is a Professor and Associate Chair of ECE at the University of Maryland. He teaches engineering design, circuits, microelectronics, electromagnetics, and quantum theory. He helped modernize the ECE curriculum, and is the architect of a course that introduces ECE principles using hands-on pedagogy. Dr. Gomez is also researcher in the broad areas of micromagnetism and biosensing. He co-authored over 80 publications, several book chapters and three U.S. Patents. He has received several national and international awards. He earned in PhD from the University of Maryland, MS from Wayne State and BS from the University of the Philippines.
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.
Prof. Sarah C Vigmostad
Associate ProfessorUniversity of Iowa
Sarah Vigmostad is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the development and application of advanced simulation techniques so that important, clinically relevant questions can be asked and answered, with the goal of improving the way that diseases are identified, understood, and treated. Sarah is a passionate teacher, and has been honored with multiple teaching awards, recognizing her innovations in teaching and her commitment to fostering engaging and inquiry-driven classrooms. Whether she’s teaching Statics, BME Senior Design, or advanced cardiovascular mechanics courses, she strives to keep the classroom dynamic and engaged.
Professor Tamara Kinzer-Ursem
Assistant ProfessorPurdue University
Tamara Kinzer-Ursem is an Assistant Professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. Her research is highly interdisciplinary; combining protein engineering and chemical biology approaches with computational biology to study the spatiotemporal dynamics of protein signaling networks that drive cellular behavior. Her research group is developing selective protein tagging and protein-surface conjugation methods that are coupled with nanotechnologies and other emergent techniques to rapidly characterize protein function. Computational work includes the development of deterministic and stochastic simulations of protein signaling in small cellular compartments. These techniques are ...
Prof. Bryan Webler
Assistant ProfessorCarnegie Mellon University
Dr. Webler received a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and an MS (2007) and PhD (2008) in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. From 2008 to 2013, he was a Senior Engineer in the Materials Technology at the Bettis Laboratory, studying corrosion resistance and mechanical behavior of metals. Dr. Webler joined CMU as an assistant professor in 2013 and is a faculty member in CISR. Dr. Webler's research interests deal with the reactions between metals and their environment, specifically: (1) Steelmaking, (2) High temperature oxidation, (2) Corrosion, (3) Fundamental thermodynamics and transport phenomena.
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