Larry J. Shuman is Senior Associate Dean for Academics and Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on improving the engineering educational experience with an emphasis on assessment of design and problem solving, and the study of the ethical behavior of engineers and engineering managers. A former senior editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Dr. Shuman is the founding editor of Advances in Engineering
Education. He has published widely in the engineering education literature, and is co-author of Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule and Risk - Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle (Cambridge University Press). He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Operations Research and the BSEE from the University of Cincinnati. He is an ASEE Fellow.
Mary Besterfield-Sacre is an Associate Professor and Fulton C. Noss Faculty Fellow in Department of Industrial Engineering, a Center Associate for the Learning Research and Development Center, and the Director for the Engineering Education Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her principal research is in engineering education assessment, which has been funded by the NSF, Department of Education, Sloan Foundation, Engineering Information Foundation, and the NCIIA. Mary’s current research focuses on three distinct but highly correlated areas – innovative product design, entrepreneurship, and modeling. She has served as an associate editor for the JEE and is currently associate editor for the AEE Journal.
Tuba Pinar Yildirim holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and is a doctoral candidate in Marketing at the Katz Graduate School of Business. She received an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and B.S. degrees in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering fields from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Her interests are modeling, and cognitive and affective processes that motivate or hinder modeling skills, implementation of game theoretic and stochastic models.Her publications appeared in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Engineering Education, and International Journal of Eng. Education, IEEE Education. She was the recipient of the Industrial Engineering Best Paper Award in 2007, and was selected as a ‘University of Pittsburgh Honoree’ in 2008.
Karen M. Bursic is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the department she worked as a Senior Consultant for Ernst and Young and as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors Corporation. She teaches undergraduate courses in engineering economics, engineering management, and probability and statistics in Industrial Engineering as well as engineering computing in the freshman engineering program. Dr. Bursic has done research and published work in the areas of Engineering and Project Management and Engineering Education. She is a member of IIE and ASEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.
Industrial Engineering Department
Swanson School of Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
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