DeLean Tolbert is a doctoral student of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She earned a B.Sc.in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan–Dearborn and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include: informal engineering learning and teaching, K-12 engineering education, and engineering thinking and learning within ethnic minority communities.
Monica Cardella is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University and is the Director of the MEDLEE (Mathematics and Engineering Design Learning Environments and Experiences) Research Group. She has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and an MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington. She teaches design to first-year engineering students at Purdue as well as an upper-level design course for seniors and graduate students. Her research focuses on the development of engineering thinking skills (operationalized as design thinking, mathematical thinking, and the interplay between the two) in children as young as 4 years old as well as older "children" (i.e. undergraduate students).
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