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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. Gary Halada
Associate ProfessorStony Brook University
Dr. Halada, Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, directs an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Engineering Science. He designs educational materials focused on how engineers learn from engineering disasters and how failure and risk analysis can be used to teach about ethics and societal implications of emerging technologies. Halada also coordinates the Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium, a collaborative effort among seven campuses to develop multi-disciplinary, multi-institution undergraduate and experiential education programs in renewable and alternative energies. In recognition of his academic activities, he received ...
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. 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Eduardo A. Silva
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of California, Davis
Dr. Silva is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). He received his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal, 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering in 2008 (University of Porto & Harvard University). After the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Silva was awarded a Wyss Technology Development fellowship (Harvard University). He was also a lecturer and Instructor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009-2011). At the UC Davis, Dr. Silva teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.
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.
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.
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. Fernanda Leite
Assistant ProfessorThe University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Fernanda Leite is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering and Project Management, in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her graduate education, she worked as a Project Manager in her home country Brazil, in multiple government and commercial building construction projects. Her technical interests include building and civil information modeling, collaboration and coordination technologies, and visualization. At the University of Texas, Dr. Leite teaches Project Management and Economics, Building Information ...
Dr. Marisa K. Orr
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Clemson University
Dr. Marisa Orr is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and an Associate Director of the Integrated STEM Education Research Center at Louisiana Tech 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 current research focuses on student progress, persistence, and pathways using longitudinal student data from the Multi-Institution Database For Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD).
Dr. Sinan Onal
Assistant ProfessorSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dr. Sinan Onal is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He received his MS degree in Engineering Management and Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from University of South Florida. His current research focuses on Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD), medical product development, machine learning and data mining, and manufacturing and R&D strategy. He worked twelve years in industry for several companies in a range of positions and departments. Dr. Onal has extensive experience on new product development.
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