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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. 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. 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. 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. Christian Claudel
Assistant ProfessorThe University of Texas at Austin
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. Saeed Lotfifard
Assistant ProfessorWashington State University
Saeed Lotfifard is an assistant professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Energy Systems Innovation center (ESIC) at Washington State university. He received my Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in electrical engineering in 2011.
Dr. Lotfifard research interests include
Power system protection,
Wide area monitoring, protection, and control (WAMPAC), Health monitoring, fault diagnosis and prognosis of renewable energy generators and storage systems (wind turbine, photovoltaic systems, and battery energy storage),
Modeling and monitoring of faulted large-scale cyber-physical energy systems/smart grids.
Dr. Fernanda Leite
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 Diane E Sieber
Associate Dean for Education-College of EngineeringUniversity of Colorado
Diane Sieber (MA, PhD. Princeton University) is the Associate Dean for Education in the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and Director and Faculty in Residence of the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program. Professor Sieber is a President’s Teaching Scholar, has been a Carnegie Teaching Scholar and has won multiple teaching awards.
Dr. Sieber’s most recent research includes studies of learning through online social networks, blended in-class and residential learning, engaging large classes through game-informed course design, and addressing learner digital distraction--by laptops, tablets and mobile phones--in classroom settings.
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.
Ms Amber Kemppainen
Senior LecturerMichigan Technological University
Amber Kemppainen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University. She is interested in how students learn within an online course management system. She has been active in course development and the implementation of web-based tools and blended learning content into her courses throughout the department.
Prof. Waheed U. Bajwa
Assistant ProfessorRutgers University--New Brunswick
Waheed U. Bajwa received PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University from 2009 to 2010, and a Research Scientist at Duke University from 2010 to 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. He received the Morgridge Distinguished Graduate Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2014, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015. His research interests include harmonic analysis, statistics, machine learning, and signal processing.
Prof. Mark French
ProfessorUniversity of Louisville
Mark N. French, PhD, PE, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Louisville. Mark’s research addresses sustainable water treatment, hydrologic rainfall-runoff, stream and reservoir water quality, waterway transportation logistics, and effective teaching and learning.
Dr. French teaches courses in mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, water treatment, groundwater flow (classroom and online), and international service for engineering students (in the Philippines). He is a mentor for students in the Brown Fellow Scholar program. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer(PE), has a PhD from the University of Iowa (IIHR), MS from MIT, and MEng from the University ...
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.
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