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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. Calvin M. Stewart
Assistant ProfessorThe University of Texas at El Paso
Dr. Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. He obtained a BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida in 2008, 2009, and 2013 respectively. Dr. Stewart is the director of the Materials at Extremes Research Group (MERG) that focuses on experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches to multiaxial multiscale high temperature phenomena. Since arriving at UTEP in 2014 he has been part of a blended learning initiative to bring innovative teaching methods to the engineering curriculum.
Dr. Micah Lande
Assistant ProfessorArizona State University
Micah Lande, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programs at the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches human-centered engineering design, design thinking, and design innovation project courses. Dr. Lande researches how technical and non-technical people learn and apply a design process to their work. He is interested in the intersection of designerly epistemic identities and vocational pathways. Dr. Lande received his B.S in Engineering (Product Design), M.A. in Education (Learning, Design and Technology) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Design Education) from Stanford ...
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. 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.
Dr. Christian Claudel
Christian Claudel is an Assistant Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at UT-Austin. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from UC-Berkeley in 2010, and the MS degree in Plasma Physics from Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon in 2004. He received the Leon Chua Award from UC-Berkeley in 2010 for his work on the Mobile Millennium traffic monitoring system. His research interests include control and estimation of distributed parameter systems, wireless sensor networks and unmanned aerial vehicles.
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.
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. Steffen Peuker
Assistant ProfessorCalifornia Polytechnic State University
Dr. Steffen Peuker holds the James L. Bartlett, Jr. Assistant Professor position in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the California State University in San Luis Obispo. His research in engineering education focuses on increasing student retention and success in engineering through implementation of a student success focused approach in introduction to engineering courses/seminars. In addition, his work in engineering education innovations focuses on Team-Based Learning (TBL), student-industry cooperation, and developing innovative ways of merging engineering fundamentals and engineering in practice and research. He is teaching courses, including laboratories, in the HVAC&R ...
Dr. William Ernst Josephson
Senior LecturerAuburn University
Bill Josephson is a Senior Lecturer in Auburn University's Depart of Chemical Engineering. He has an undergraduate degree from Clarkson University and graduate degrees from Auburn University, all in chemical engineering. During the 90s he worked in the pulp & paper industry as a group leader in an R&D center of Beloit Corporation. Following teaching stints at Miami University (as a visiting professor) & Tuskegee University he returned to Auburn in 2006. His duties at Auburn have been teaching-centric with a special emphasis on the laboratory courses.
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. 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.
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