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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.
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. 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. Panagiotis Artemiadis
Assistant ProfessorArizona State University
Panagiotis (Panos) Artemiadis received the Diploma and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2011, he has been with Arizona State University as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include the areas of robotics, controls, brain–machine interfaces and human–swarm interaction. He is the recipient of the 2014 AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award and the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).
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. 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. Shawn S Jordan
Shawn Jordan is an Assistant Professor and a Fulton Exemplar Faculty member in the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches embedded systems design courses, and studies context in engineering design education. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Education and M.S./B.S. in ECE from Purdue University. Jordan has several grants, including “CAREER: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society” the NSF RED grant “Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking” (Co-PI). He was also part NSF’s Innovation Corps for Learning, and was named one of ASEE PRISM’s “20 Faculty Under 40” in 2014.
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. Bradley Wall
Associate ProfessorEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Dr. Bradley Wall received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota and his masters and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation on low-thrust trajectory optimization for space mission planning problems in 2007 under the direction of Bruce Conway. He is now an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he teaches in the Aerospace Engineering department. He also recently published a dynamics supplement on the Apple iBookstore for undergraduate engineering dynamics.
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. 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. 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.
Dr. Marisa K. Orr
Assistant ProfessorClemson University
Marisa K. Orr is an Assistant Professor in Engineering and Science Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Certificate of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University and then spent two years as a postdoc in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interests include student persistence and pathways in engineering, gender equity, diversity, and academic policy. Dr. Orr is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award for her research entitled, “Empowering Students to be Adaptive Decision-Makers.”
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