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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 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. Amber Genau
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Amber Genau is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her BS and MS from Iowa State University and PhD from Northwestern University, all in materials engineering. Before coming to UAB, Dr. Genau spent two years as a guest scientist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. Her research interests revolve around metal solidification and microstructural characterization. She is particularly interested in broadening participation in engineering and providing international experiences and perspectives to undergraduate students.
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. Leonid Tsybeskov
ProfessorNew Jersey Institute of Technology
Leonid Tsybeskov is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has joined NJIT as an Associate Professor in 2001. Prior to joining NJIT, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He received his Ph.D. degree (Applied Physics) in 1986 and MS degree (Physics) in 1978, both from Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine. He is author and co-author of more than 150 publications. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and German Academic Exchange Service.
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.
Prof. Amy O'Keefe
Associate Director and InstructorMcCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Northwestern University
Amy O'Keefe is a director of and instructor in Northwestern University's 15-month full-time design innovation masters degree program, MS, Engineering Design Innovation (EDI). She teaches Human-Centered Service Design Studio and advises EDI graduate students on thesis work. Amy also consults on integrated service and experience design in industry. She joined Northwestern's Segal Design Institute leadership team in 2013, after a decade leading service delivery and account management in a digital consultancy and software development start-up acquired by Thomson Reuters and completion of her integrated design innovation MS degree from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ...
Dr. Soumya K Srivastava
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Idaho
Soumya K. Srivastava is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Idaho, Moscow since 2013. Before joining UI, she was an Assistant Research Professor at Washington State University during 2010-2013. She obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University in August 2010, M.S from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2005 and B.S from India in 2001. Her research interests focus on designing lab-on-a-chip devices for medical diagnostic applications and educational related research. She has won many accolades including the inclusive educator award in 2015.
Dr. Patrick Shamberger
Assistant ProfessorTexas A&M Engineering
Dr. Shamberger has a background in functional inorganic materials, including phase transformations, crystal structure/property relationships, and thermodynamics. These have been applied to problems on both natural (geological) and engineered systems, including the areas of phase transformations for thermal storage, energy conversion, and electronic resistance switching applications. Currently, he is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Patrick Shamberger received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington in 2010, an M.S. in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Hawaii in 2004, and a B.S.E. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from ...
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. 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.
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.
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.
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