Glenn Ellis is a professor of engineering at Smith College who teaches courses in engineering science and methods for teaching science and engineering. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University. The winner of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Ellis received the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year Award for Baccalaureate Colleges from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. His research focuses on creating K-16 learning environments that support the growth of learners’ imaginations and their capacity for engaging in collaborative knowledge work.
Halimat Ipesa-Balogun is a sophomore at Smith College who is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in cognitive science. As a recipient of the Smith College STRIDE scholarship, she utilizes her research opportunities to study the discourse that takes in learning environments. In the future, she hopes to continue to study the intersections of language and cognition.
Yanning Yu is a Ph.D. student in the learning sciences program at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. Her research interest lies in the design of curriculum and learning environments for STEM that support deep understanding, transfer, and collaborative learning. Before arriving at Northwestern, she graduated from Smith College with a B.A. degree in engineering and learning sciences. At Smith, she worked with Dr. Glen Ellis on knowledge-building research as well as design of instruction and assessment for an engineering course. She received the highest honors in engineering arts with her honors thesis entitled "Understanding Knowledge Building in Undergraduate Engineering Education," in which Dr. Glen Ellis was her adviser.
Yezhezi Zhang is a student at Smith College who is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Motivated by the importance of education in improving social mobility, she is passionate about engineering education. With a strong interest in learning theories, she has conducted education research with a focus on knowledge-building theory and 21st-century skills in the hope of designing a more effective learning environment.
A Smith College sophomore majoring in engineering, Xi has participated in the knowledge building special study group since last semester. She is also the instructional designer in the project, designing online engineering learning environments for high school students. Being active in extracurricular life, she is the secretary of a student organization working on a magazine about Smith scientific life and is a member of the chamber music group. Xi, who is from Ningbo, China, plays the piano, loves reading, and is really interested in knowledge building.
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