Laura Hirshfield is a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University. She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Purdue University, both in chemical engineering. She currently is doing research in the engineering education field, investigating technology-mediated active learning in a chemical engineering curriculum. After her post-doc, she plans to pursue a career in academia.
Jaynie Whinnery is a graduate student studying public policy at Oregon State University. She also holds an M.S. in environmental engineering and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. Her research in engineering education is focused on student teams engaged in the Virtual Bioreactor (VBioR) Laboratory project. She is specifically interested in understanding the student-instructor interactions and feedback that occur during this project and how these factors influence student learning.
Debra Gilbuena is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. Debra has an M.B.A., an M.S., and four years of industrial experience, including a position in sensor development. Sensor development is also an area in which she holds a patent. She currently has research focused on student learning in virtual laboratories and the diffusion of educational interventions and practices.
Milo Koretsky is a professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, all in chemical engineering. He currently has research activity in areas related to engineering education and is interested in integrating technology into effective educational practices and in promoting the use of higher-level cognitive skills in engineering problem solving. His research interests particularly focus on what prevents students from being able to integrate and extend the knowledge developed in specific courses in the core curriculum to the more complex, authentic problems and projects they face as professionals. Dr. Koretsky is one of the founding members of the Center for Lifelong STEM Education Research at OSU.
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