Dr. Cynthia Finelli is Director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Engineering and research associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She actively pursues research in engineering education and assists other faculty at U-M in their scholarly endeavors. Her current research interests include studying faculty motivation to change classroom practices, evaluating methods to improve teaching, and exploring ethical decision-making in undergraduate engineering students. Dr. Finelli leads a national initiative to create a taxonomy/keyword outline for the field of engineering education research, she is past Chair of the Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, and she is an ASEE Fellow.
Maura Borrego is Associate Dean and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in the Graduate School and also Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. From 2011-2013, she served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. 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. She directed the graduate program in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech for 18 months before accepting a 2010 Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is an Associate Editor for Journal of Engineering Education (2012-2014). Dr. Borrego has earned NSF CAREER and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awards for her engineering education research. Her results are published in 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Engineering Education and Review of Higher Education. She is the recipient of two Outstanding Research Publication awards from the American Educational Research Association (Education in the Professions 2008 and Doctoral Education Across the Disciplines 2011). Dr. Borrego is also a 2010 State Council for Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Member in the Rising Star category.
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