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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. Nina Robson
Assistant ProfessorCalifornia State University, Fullerton
Nina Robson completed her MS degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and her PhD degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
Nina Robson has worked extensively in the areas of Robotics, Geometric Design of Mechanisms and Biomechanics. At California State University, Fullerton she is teaching the one year long Senior Design Project class, as well as other classes in the areas of Kinematics of Mechanisms, Mechanical Design and Robotics.
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.
Professor Bryan W Boudouris
Assistant ProfessorPurdue University
Bryan W. Boudouris is an assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Furthermore, he is a co-founder and scientific advisor of the water purification start-up company Anfiro, Inc. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2009, he conducted postdoctoral research from 2009 to 2011 at the University of California, Berkeley. His group’s current research interests include the design, characterization, and implementation of homopolymers and block polymers for advanced water, energy, and security applications.
Dr. Deborah D Stine
Professor of the PracticeCarnegie Mellon University
Dr. Deborah Stine is Professor of the Practice in Engineering and Public Policy and Associate Director for Policy Outreach for the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. She was Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House from 2009-2012. Previously, she was a science and technology policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service and associate director of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy at the National Academies. She holds a BS in engineering from the University of California, Irvine, an MBA, and a PhD from American University.
Dr. Scot Douglass
Associate Professor, Director Engineering Honors ProgramUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Scot Douglass (PhD University of Colorado)is the Director of the Engineering Honors Program and Faculty-in-Residence of the Andrews Hall Residential College at the University of Colorado Boulder. Professor Douglass is a President's Teaching Scholar and recipient of multiple teaching awards. He is the architect of an Honors Program that does not have an Honors Curriculum but cultivates an Honors culture, leadership and a comprehensive approach to education that transcends the classroom. As a humanist rostered in the College of Engineering, Professor Douglass researches the intersection of philosophy, literature and the integration of vocation with values, commitments and larger ...
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. 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.
Professor Douglas P. Holmes
Assistant ProfessorBoston University
Douglas Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University. He received degrees in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire (B.S. 2004), Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (M.S. 2005, Ph.D. 2009), and was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University. Prior to joining Boston University, he was an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on understanding how objects change shape. He recently received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator award.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Shawn S Jordan
Assistant ProfessorArizona State University
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.
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