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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Panel Discussion: Completing the Cycle of Innovation in Engineering Education by Fostering Implementation of Best Practices
Aidsa I. Santiago Roman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Materials and the Director of the Strategic Engineering Education Development (SEED) Office at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). Dr. Santiago earned a B.A. (1996) and M.S. (2000) in Industrial Engineering from UPRM, and Ph.D. (2009) in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her primary research interest is investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science with underrepresented populations. She also teaches introductory engineering courses such as Problem Solving and Computer Programming, Statics, and Mechanics.
Christopher Papadopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Materials at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. He earned B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University (1993) and a Ph.D. in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics at Cornell University (1999). Prior to coming to UPRM, Papadopoulos served on the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering & Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Papadopoulos has primary research and teaching interests in mechanics, including nonlinear structural analysis, computational mechanics, and biomechanics. He is also active in engineering education and engineering ethics, particularly in mechanics education and appropriate technology.
At UPRM, Papadopoulos serves as the coordinator of the Engineering Mechanics Committee, which manages the mechanics courses taken by all engineering majors. He also co-coordinates the Social, Ethical, and Global Issues (SEGI) in Engineering Program, and Forums on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology.
Matthew W. Ohland http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-1452 Purdue University, West Lafayette [biography]
Matthew W. Ohland is Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research on the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods has been supported by over $11.4 million from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and his team received the William Elgin Wickenden Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008 and multiple conference Best Paper awards. Dr. Ohland is Chair of ASEE’s Educational Research and Methods division and an At-Large member the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Education Society. He was the 2002 – 2006 President of Tau Beta Pi.
Ruth A. Streveler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue she spent 12 years at Colorado School of Mines, where she was the founding Director of the Center for Engineering Education. Dr. Streveler earned a B.A. in Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington, M.S. in Zoology from the Ohio State University, and Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her primary research interests are investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science and helping engineering faculty conduct rigorous research in engineering education.
Anna Dollar is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, OH, and previously was on the faculty of the
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in applied mechanics from Krakow University of Technology in Poland. Her teaching has been recognized by many awards including: University Excellence in Teaching Award (IIT), and E. Phillips Knox University Teaching Award (Miami University). Her research focuses on mechanics of solids
and engineering education.
Cynthia J. Atman is the founding Director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), Director of the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), Professor in Human-Centered Design & Engineering, and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington.
She earned her doctorate in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the University of Washington in 1998 after seven years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
Her research focuses on engineering design learning and students as emerging engineering professionals. She is a fellow of AAAS and ASEE, was the 2002 recipient of the ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, and received the 2009 David B. Thorud Leadership Award, which is given to a UW faculty or staff for demonstrating leadership, innovation, and teamwork.
Jennifer Turns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. She is interested in all aspects of engineering education, including how to support engineering students in reflecting on experience, how to help engineering educators make effective teaching decisions, and the application of ideas from complexity science to the challenges of engineering education.
Sunil Saigal joined the faculty of NJIT as Dean and Distinguished Professor of the Newark College of Engineering in 2007. He held previous positions as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University; and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He also served as Interim Dean of Engineering at USF.
Sunil Saigal earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University in 1985. He completed bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering in India, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College in 1978 and an M.S. in Structures from the Indian Institute of Science in 1980.
Saigal's recent research interests include computational orthopedic biomechanics for the spine and shoulder; computational cardiomechanics; computational nanomechanics for nanocomposite structures; and computational mechanics. Saigal has also held several prestigious research appointments, including at NASA, Ford Motors, and Sandia and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and Mercedes Benz. He has been the principal investigator on grants and contracts including research on computational models for the manufacture of advanced construction materials and medical prosthetics; research on crash simulation models for the Federal Highway Administration; and research on weapons systems and technology at Sandia National Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Saigal is the co-author of five books on engineering mechanics and holds a patent for a method of manufacturing hot rolled I-beams. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed articles and serves as associate editor of AIAA Journal and as a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering;
Engineering with Computers; and the International Journal for Computational Civil and
Structural Engineering. He has served as a member of several committees of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers; as a member of the Board of Directors of the
American Society of Civil Engineers West Coast Branch; and as a proposal review panelist for agencies including the National Science Foundation, Air Force, Army, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, and the Western Pennsylvania Advance Technology Center.
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