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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 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. Rudiger Schlaf
Prof.University of South Florida
Rudy Schlaf joined the EE department at USF in 2000. His field of research is electronic materials and their interfaces. He has a strong interest in undergraduate education. He started the USF College of Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates program in 2002 and directed it until 2014. This program introduced a significant number of undergraduates (~800) to state-of-the-art research in research labs across the college and USF. His current focus in undergraduate teaching is on experiential learning/teaching techniques that have the potential to reach larger numbers of undergraduate students to improve retention and career preparedness.
Prof. Rebecca Atadero
Assistant ProfessorColorado State University
Rebecca Atadero is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. Her technical research focuses on the inspection, management and renewal of existing structures, particularly bridges. She conducts research for the Colorado Department of Transportation and serves as the CSU program director for the Mountain Plains Consortium the region 8 USDOT University Transportation Center. She also conducts research in the field of engineering education with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
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.”
Prof. Grisselle Centeno
Associate ProfessorFlorida Polytechnic University
Dr. Grisselle Centeno is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the University of South Florida. Her research and teaching interests include optimization-based modeling for the planning and control of operations in healthcare, transportation and manufacturing industries. She possesses experience in working with large-scale mathematical programming models and building decision support systems. Her research work has been supported by NSF, FDOT, and ONR, among other sources. Dr. Centeno is also highly involved in conducting research in the area of engineering education and promoting the growth of a diverse engineering workforce.
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. 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. Regina Murphy
ProfessorUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Regina Murphy received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and worked for five years at Chevron's Richmond Refinery, before returning to MIT for graduate studies. She joined the faculty in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1989. Her primary research interest is in aggregation of a class of proteins known as amyloidogenic proteins, which have been linked to Alzheimer's, Huntington’s, and other neurodegenerative disease. She is the author of a textbook, Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis, Synthesis, received the Chancellor’s Teaching Award, and has been elected Fellow of AIMBE.
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. Douglas Tougaw
Doug Tougaw is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Valparaiso University. His scientific research focuses on novel quantum computer architectures, and his pedagogical interests focus on instilling skills of creativity and innovation in his students. He earned his B.S.E.E. degree from Rose-Hulman in 1991, his Ph.D. from Notre Dame in 1996, and his MBA from Valparaiso University in 2005. Doug is very active in ASEE, having previously served on the Board of Directors and currently serving on several national committees.
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.
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.
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