Dr. Susan M Lord
Susan M. Lord is Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego (USD), San Diego, CA USA. She received a B. S. in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Author of the book The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering and over 130 publications, her teaching and research interests include electronics, optoelectronic materials and devices, service-learning, feminist pedagogy, lifelong learning, and engineering student persistence. Dr. Lord’s industrial experience includes AT&T Bell Laboratories, General Motors Laboratories, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and SPAWAR Systems Center. In Spring 2012, Dr. Lord taught and did research at Southeast University in Nanjing China.
Dr. Lord’s research in engineering education has been supported by several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. These projects span a range of topics, from engineering student persistence to helping military veterans transition to engineering programs to optoelectronics experiments for first-year students. Since entering college, Dr. Lord has been committed to increasing diversity in engineering particularly supporting women and underrepresented minorities. Dr. Lord and her collaborators have been recognized for their longitudinal studies of engineering students with best paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education and the IEEE Transactions in Education. Dr. Lord is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education and a member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE).
Dr. Lord has been active in the engineering education community since 1993. She is a Fellow of ASEE, senior member of the IEEE and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of Tau Beta Pi. In addition to regularly presenting papers at the Frontiers in Education (FIE), EDUCON, and ASEE Conferences, she has held several leadership positions including FIE Steering Committee Member, General Co-Chair of FIE 2006, FIE 2005 Program Co-Chair, and elected member of administrative boards of the IEEE Education Society (EdSoc) and ASEE Education and Research Methods (ERM) Division. She served as the President of EdSoc for 2009 and 2010. Dr. Lord received the 2012 IEEE Education Society Edwin C. Jones Meritorious Service Award, the 2011 IEEE Education Society Distinguished Member Award and the 2011 Schmitz Award for outstanding service to the Frontiers in Education Conference.