Maura Borrego is Associate Dean and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in the Graduate School and Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She recently served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Borrego’s engineering education research awards include PECASE, CAREER, and two outstanding publication awards from the American Educational Research Association for her journal articles. Her research interests include engineering faculty development, specifically how faculty members decide to apply the results of educational research, and interdisciplinary graduate education in STEM. She is an Associate Editor for Journal of Engineering Education and serves on the board of the American Society for Engineering Education as chair of Professional Interest Council IV. Dr. Borrego has developed and taught graduate level courses in engineering education research methods and assessment. 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.
Dr. Michael Prince is a professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University and co-director of the National Effective Teaching Institute. His research examines a range of engineering education topics, including how to assess and repair student misconceptions and how to increase the adoption of research-based instructional strategies by college instructors and corporate trainers. He is actively engaged in presenting workshops on instructional design to both academic and corporate instructors.
Christopher Nellis is an undergraduate researcher with the Department of Engineering Education. He is currently a junior undergraduate student working towards a BS in Materials Science and Engineering. His research is focused in understanding engineering students' reactions to college coursework based on their expectations coming into college.
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Cindy K. Waters is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at NCA&T State University. Her research is in the development and characterization of novel syntactic foams and various porous metals via powder metallurgy and foam casting. She is also significantly involved in engineering education research in the areas of assessment studies of classroom material science pedagogical implementations; case studies in various engineering disciplines and; engineering faculty barriers to adopt evidence-based (or nontraditional) teaching methods . She serves as the College of Engineering liaison to ASEE and advises the Society of Women Engineers student chapter and leads the students in developing and implementing yearly outreach events for the K-8 female community. She is author of many peer-reviewed conference proceeding for the ASEE Annual Meetings and the FIE meetings.
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.
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