Monica E. Cardella is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University and the Director of Informal Learning Environments Research for INSPIRE (the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning). 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. Her research focuses on: parents' roles in engineering education; engineering learning in informal environments; engineering design education; and mathematical thinking in engineering.
Ming-Chien Hsu is a doctoral candidate of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She was an electrical engineer working on semiconductor devices before stepping into the realm of education research. Her current research explores and characterizes learning experiences in engineering such as design and interdisciplinary learning.
George Dante Ricco is a recent graduate of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and is on the job market. His work focuses on applying various research methods to address long standing anecdotal questions, ranging from ethnographic studies to hierarchical linear models.
He was born in Kent, Ohio. He attended Walsh Jesuit High School, and instead of becoming a Jesuit, he decided to go to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to obtain his BSE in engineering physics (2002). He then spent a number of years on the beach at the University of California at Santa Cruz, receiving master's degrees in physics (2007) and earth and planetary sciences (2008) until emancipated by Prof. Matthew Ohland at Purdue University. He enjoys cycling, weightlifting, running, photography, volunteering at a number of organizations, and the untold intellectual pleasures provided by the study of Lagomorph physiology. He resides in Lafayette, Indiana, and in-between job interviews spends time with his Leporidae life partner, Rochelle Huffington Nibblesworth.
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