Alexander R. Murphy is a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He was born and raised in Tampa Florida, where he received a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a minor in creative writing from the University of South Florida. He is proud to have received a NSF GRFP fellowship this past spring of 2018. Currently, he is interested in exploring students' and professionals' mental models and how they change during the design process. Specifically, he is investigating the connections between functional decomposition, systems thinking, and mental model representation. His research interests also include investigation into prototyping strategies for engineering design. After completing his graduate degree, Alexander wants to become academic faculty and start a small business as a design consultant.
Henry Banks is a Masters student at Georgia Tech. He conducts research on Makerspaces, specifically looking at ways to model them and ultimately better inform their design. In undergrad, he focused on functional modeling and systems thinking.
Matt Bohm is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida Polytechnic University (Florida Poly). He joined the University in 2016 after spending 6-years as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville (UofL). Bohm’s research examines the intersection of 3 distinct areas, engineering design, engineering education, and big data. Currently, Bohm has an active NSF grant under the Division of Undergraduate Education to examine the effects of systems modeling paradigms with respect to design outcomes and systems thinking and understanding. While at UofL, Bohm was primarily responsible for overseeing the Mechanical Engineering Department’s capstone design program. Prior to his position at UofL, Bohm was a visiting researcher at Oregon State University (OSU) after completing his PhD at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) in 2009. While at S&T, Bohm was also a Lecturer for the Department of Interdisciplinary Engineering and was responsible for coordinating and teaching design and mechanics related courses.
Dr. Robert Nagel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. Dr. Nagel joined James Madison University after completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. Nagel teaches and performs research related to engineering design. Specifically, through research, Nagel explores how design interventions commonly used to teach design influence student learning.
Dr. Julie S. Linsey is an Associate Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technological. Dr. Linsey received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas. Her research area is design cognition including systematic methods and tools for innovative design with a particular focus on concept generation and design-by-analogy. Her research seeks to understand designers’ cognitive processes with the goal of creating better tools and approaches to enhance engineering design. She has authored over 150 technical publications including over forty journal papers, and ten book chapters.
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