Velvet Fitzpatrick is a doctoral candidate in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She is the graduate professional assistant to the associate dean of graduate education and interdisciplinary programs in the College of Engineering. In 2007, Velvet received her B.S.C.E. from Prairie View A&M University. She earned her M.S.C.E. from Purdue University in 2009.
Catherine G.P. Berdanier is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Dakota and her M.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University. Her current research interests include graduate-level engineering education, including inter- and multidisciplinary graduate education, innovative and novel graduate education experiences, global learning, and preparation of graduate students for future careers.
Monica F. Cox, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Engineering Education and the inaugural director of the College of Engineering’s leadership minor at Purdue University. She also serves as the executive director of the International Institute for Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a). She obtained a B.S. in mathematics from Spelman College, a M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in leadership and policy studies from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her teaching interests relate to the professional development of graduate engineering students and to leadership, policy, and change in STEM education. Primary research projects explore the preparation of graduate students for diverse careers and the development of reliable and valid engineering education assessment tools. She is a NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipient.
Cyndi Lynch is the director of fellowships and graduate student professional development for the Purdue Graduate School. Ms. Lynch is a registered veterinary technician, focusing on animal behavior. Her research focuses on doctoral student engagement and assessment of doctoral student learning outcomes in identified best practices, including mentoring, developing effective writing strategies, recruitment, retention, and transition courses, and doctoral student professional development. Ms. Lynch instructs Purdue’s Preparing Future Faculty course and the Preparing Future Professionals course.
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