Dr. Thomas A. Litzinger is Director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. His work in engineering education involves curricular reform, teaching and learning innovations, faculty development, and assessment. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of combustion and thermal sciences. He is an Associate Editor of Advances in Engineering Education and a Fellow of ASEE.
Dr. Sarah Zappe is Director of Assessment and Instructional Support in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State. She holds a masters and a doctorate in educational psychology, where she specialized in applied testing and measurement. Her current research interests include the use of qualitative information, such as think-alouds, to enhance validity evidence for a test. She is also interested in developing instruments to measure engineering professional skills such as global awareness, communication, and leadership.
Maura Borrego is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She is currently serving a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation. Her research interests focus on interdisciplinary faculty members and graduate students in engineering and science, with engineering education as a specific case. Dr. Borrego holds U.S. NSF CAREER and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awards for her engineering education research. Dr. Borrego has developed and taught graduate level courses in engineering education research methods and assessment from 2005 - 2010. All of Dr. Borrego’s degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering. Her M.S. and Ph.D. are from Stanford University, and her B.S. is from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Jeffrey E. Froyd is the Director of Faculty Climate and Development at Texas A&M University. He served as Project Director for the Foundation Coalition, an NSF Engineering Education Coalition in which six institutions systematically renewed, assessed, and institutionalized their undergraduate engineering curricula, and extensively shared their results with the engineering education community. He co-created the Integrated, First-Year Curriculum in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which was recognized in 1997 with a Hesburgh Award Certificate of Excellence. He has authored or co-authored over 70 papers on engineering education in areas ranging from curricular change to faculty development. He is collaborating on NSF-supported projects for 1.) renewal of the mechanics of materials course, 2.) improving preparation of students for Calculus I, and 3.) systemic application of concept inventories. He is currently an ABET Program Evaluator and a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal on Engineering Education.
Director of Learning Sciences Research in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on understanding learning in interdisciplines towards designing educational environments that develop integrative problem solving.
Dr. Karen L. Tonso is an Associate Professor of Social Foundations at Wayne State University. Her expertise encompasses gender studies, peer-group cultures in schools, and qualitative research methods. In cultural studies of engineering education, she brings to bear 15 years of experiences as a reservoir engineer in the petroleum industry. She is the author of "On the Outskirts of Engineering," numerous chapters, and journal articles.
Dr. Van Meter is an Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology program at Penn State. She teaches courses on the application of psychological theories and models to address questions of classroom learning and problem solving. Dr. Van Meter's primary research interests concern students' ability to learn from and use nonverbal representations such as diagrams, graphs, and formulas. She has collaborated with a team of engineering faculty at Penn State on an NSF-funded project studying engineering students' understanding of mechanical engineering concepts in statics and their ability to model engineering problems. Dr. Van Meter has published her research in educational research journals and is on the editorial boards of several leading journals in this field.
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