Dr. P.K. Imbrie
P.K. Imbrie is an associate professor for engineering technology and industrial distribution and the director of undergraduate academic programs in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. An advocate for research-based approaches to engineering education, curricular reform, and student retention, Imbrie conducts research in epistemologies, assessment, and modeling of student learning, student success, student team effectiveness, and global competencies. His expertise in educational pedagogy, student learning, and teaching has impacted in excess of 10,000 students at the universities for which he has been associated. He is nationally recognized for his work in active/collaborative learning pedagogies and is co-author of a text on teaming called Teamwork and Project Management with Professor Karl Smith, who is internationally known for his expertise in this area. Imbrie's engineering education leadership has produced many fundamental changes in the way students are educated at Texas A&M and Purdue University as well as institutions across the nation (e.g., learner-centered teaming and active/collaborative learning in large lecture sections). His current research interests include epistemologies, assessment, and modeling of student learning, student success, student team effectiveness, and global competencies; experimental mechanics; and piezospectroscopic techniques. Prior to returning to Texas A&M, he was involved with NSF¹s Foundation Coalition, during which time he established himself as one of the nation¹s experts on collaborative learning and teaming.