Dr. Teri K. Reed is a professor of chemical engineering and Executive Director in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. She has a courtesy appointment of Professor of Engineering Education and serves as the Graduate Director of the newly reestablished Industrial & Systems Engineering. In these roles, she serves as an advocate for research-informed approaches to engineering education, curricular reform, equity, cultural humility and responsive policy, efforts of student recruitment and retention, and faculty development. Throughout her career, Dr. Reed has made significant local, regional, and national contributions during appointments at Arizona State University, the University of Oklahoma, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Cincinnati. She helped establish the scholarly foundation for engineering education as an academic discipline through co-authorship of the landmark 2006 JEE special reports The National Engineering Education Research Colloquies and The Research Agenda for the New Discipline of Engineering Education. Dr. Reed’s teaching interests include engineering statistics; introductory engineering; diversity, equity, inclusion, and access; and leadership. Her research interests include statistics education, assessment and evaluation of learning and programs including the development of concept inventories, recruitment and retention, diversity, and equity. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, private foundations, and industry.
Dr. Reed received her B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent seven years in the petroleum industry, during which time she earned her MBA from the University of Texas - Permian Basin. She earned her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. She published her first paper with ASEE as a doctoral student at the Pacific Southwest Section Annual Meeting in 1996 and published her first annual meeting paper in Seattle (1998). She has continued to present, publish, and serve in many roles for ASEE. These roles include multiple leadership roles both in the K-12 (now Pre-College) Engineering Education Division and the Educational Research and Methods Division; with the Associate Deans as the past co-chair of ASEE’s Undergraduate Experience Council; with the Diversity Committee as a past chair. In 2010, she was inducted as a Fellow of ASEE. Her service continued to the Board of Directors with her 2021 election as Vice President, Finance as well as her 2016 election as Professional Interest Council (PIC) IV Chair and to the Executive Board as Vice President of PICs from 2018 to 2019. She currently serves as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Council Commissioner for ASEE and will begin a three-year term on the Executive Committee this year, a member of the Accreditation and Education Committee, and a director of the Engineering Research Council. She has also served other professional societies: Past-President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN); Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); and as a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Reed served as a reviewer of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2008 report, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering, and 2010 report, Standards for K-12 Engineering Education.
Dr. Reed's ASEE honors include the 2015 William Elgin Wickenden Award, 2013 Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education, 2013 Environmental Engineering Division Best Paper Award, and 2008 Outstanding Service Award from the ERM Division. Her invited presentations include the 2015 European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) annual meeting and the 2018 SEFI Annual Dean’s Meeting. Additional professional honors include the 2019 University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Distinguished Service Alumni Award and 2012 Purdue University’s One Brick Higher Award.
Dr. Nadia Kellam (she/they) is an Associate Professor of Engineering within The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). They are also a faculty in the Engineering Education Systems and Design (EESD) PhD program and currently advise three doctoral students. Their degrees are in mechanical engineering (B.S., M.E., and Ph.D.) and physics (B.S.). They earned their doctorate with an engineering education-focused dissertation in 2006. In addition to being a faculty member at ASU, they also were a faculty member at the University of Georgia where they had the unique opportunity to help develop new engineering education programs in environmental and mechanical engineering. At ASU they helped develop the EESD PhD program that began in 2016.
Since 2016, Kellam served on the editorial board for the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE). In 2019 they were promoted to deputy editor and will serve in that role until summer 2023. They are a founding co-chair for the American Society of Engineering Education’s Committee on Scholarly Publications that began in 2021. They have also served as director of the Educational Research Methods division and as a friend of the Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In their research they are broadly interested in developing critical understandings of the culture of engineering education and, especially, the experiences of marginalized undergraduate engineering students (e.g., LGBTQIA+ students) and engineering educators (e.g., neurodiverse faculty). They are a qualitative researcher who uses narrative research methods and critical approaches to understand undergraduate students and faculty members’ experiences in engineering education. They have also been on the leadership team for an institutional change project (RED) and are part of a team that is developing an understanding of power and privilege on institutional change teams and how that leads to (or detracts from) institutional change.
They enjoy teaching students ranging from first year students to PhD students. Most recently, they have taught first year seminars, design courses, engineering science courses, and graduate courses focused on qualitative research methods and entrepreneurship. Teaching awards include being a fellow of the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program at UGA and a Top 5% Teaching Award from ASU.
I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for the new position of Vice President of Scholarship. Since 2021 I have served as a founding co-chair of ASEE’s new Committee on Scholarly Publications. I have enjoyed serving in this role because of the opportunity to consider how ASEE can better serve its members by expanding the scholarship arm of ASEE (scholarship considered broadly as journal articles, podcasts, and social media posts). ASEE has traditionally served its members primarily through conferences and there is an opportunity to consider new ways to help better serve its members through scholarship. Many of us who consider ASEE as their primary professional organization would benefit greatly from more opportunities and support to grow as scholars in this community and to increase the broader impact of our scholarship.
In the time that I have served as co-chair of the Committee on Scholarly Publications we have begun exploring opportunities to better support graduate students and faculty in publishing their scholarship, to better support existing ASEE-wide and division journals and editorial boards, and to better support those who would like to create new journals or other forms of scholarship (e.g., podcasts). I look forward to the opportunity to explore ways to create policies and procedures across all ASEE journals that help create more just, equitable, and inclusive environments. In addition, I look forward to finding ways for ASEE to better support ASEE journal editorial boards so that they can focus their efforts on editorial work with less effort on administrative tasks.
As a deputy editor of JEE I have observed and been involved with positive changes towards creating an inclusive environment and supporting diverse authors and scholars in our community. These initiatives include, for example, developing a new assistant editor position on the editorial board to create new pathways for diverse editorial board members who are at earlier career points and creating more transparent and inclusive review processes (this included an overhaul of our review process). While these efforts are moving us at JEE towards a more inclusive culture, we can learn from these initiatives (alongside other promising practices) to improve ASEE journals more broadly.
I look forward to the possibility of becoming a Vice President of Scholarship of ASEE so that I can help bring a diverse perspective and elevate diverse perspectives of others to decisions that are made by the ASEE Board. I believe positionality is important to consider in these roles, and therefore I am disclosing that I identify as a queer and neurodiverse woman. I am very excited about the new focus of ASEE on scholarship and look forward to continuing to help promote scholarship within ASEE. If selected, I would love to be able to serve the community in this role and help contribute to ASEE in ways that will help develop a future ASEE that is healthier financially and more resilient, inclusive, and supportive of our members.
Donna Riley is Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education and Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University until April 1, 2023, when she will become Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing and Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Riley joined Purdue in 2017 from Virginia Tech, where she was Professor and Interim Head in the Department of Engineering Education. From 2013-2015 she served as Program Director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Riley spent thirteen years as a founding faculty member of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. In 2005 she received an NSF CAREER award on implementing and assessing pedagogies of liberation in engineering classrooms. Her ongoing work explores the integration of ethics, communication, social analysis, lifelong learning, and other critical capacities in the formation of engineering professionals. Riley is the author of two books, Engineering and Social Justice and Engineering Thermodynamics and 21st Century Energy Problems, both published by Morgan and Claypool. She is the recipient of the 2016 Alfred N. Goldsmith Award from the IEEE Professional Communications Society, the 2012 Sterling Olmsted Award from ASEE, the 2010 Educator of the Year award from Out to Innovate, and the 2006 Benjamin Dasher Award from Frontiers in Education. Riley earned a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy. She is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.
I am passionate about the potential of engineering education scholarship to change the world. I would be honored to serve as ASEE’s inaugural Vice President for Scholarship, bringing an interdisciplinary and collaborative leadership style to engage creative approaches to scholarly communication in engineering education. I would be excited to lead our community in adopting practices and developing venues that expand access, increase visibility, incorporate diverse emerging perspectives, and connect research to practice.
I have been an ASEE member for 20 years and believe deeply in the work of the society and the benefits it offers to members, including especially support for our scholarship. Over the years I have been involved in the leadership of the Liberal Education/Engineering and Society Division (Division Chair, Program Chair, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Nominating and Awards Committees). I have served on ASEE’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion since 2015, and as the Chair of its Policy and Letters subcommittee since 2018. At the end of the 2022 Annual Conference I became Co-Chair (with Nadia Kellam) of the ASEE Committee on Scholarly Publications.
My editorial experience includes serving as Deputy Editor, Journal of Engineering Education (2012-2014); Associate Editor, Engineering Studies (2008-2017); member of the founding Editorial Team, International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (2012-2018); and co-editor of the book, Engineering and Social Justice: In the University and Beyond (Purdue University Press, 2012). I have served on several editorial advisory boards including for Engineering Studies (2017-), and Studies in Engineering Education (2019-). Other relevant service includes my role as Advisory Board Member for the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (2007-2010), and for the current NAE Guidance Group on Practices for Engineering Education and Research (2021-present). My editorial experience spans established, high-volume, high-readership venues as well as startup, shoestring online venues growing new communities and exploring new practices for review and expression. I see great potential in ASEE’s move to sharpen our focus on scholarship as a society and I look forward to what we can achieve together in this arena.
Martin Gordon is a tenured Full Professor and Director for External Academic Relations at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He started at RIT in 1995 after an 11 year, full-time career in industry. Marty is a registered professional engineer in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas and is a nationally recognized expert in Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Engineering. He is a Past-President and Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and has continued to consult throughout his academic career. He currently serves on the ASEE Board of Directors as Chair of the Engineering Technology Council.
Marty often tells people that he chose a university for all the wrong reasons - he wanted to play hockey for his mother’s alma mater, The University of Buffalo (UB) Bulls. Marty did play hockey for the UB Bulls, and that experience shaped and made him who he is today. His hockey coach, Ed Wright, was the first black Division I hockey coach in the NCAA. Marty witnessed disturbing behavior directed at Coach Wright that made Marty realize that we live in a world where the rules aren’t always fair for everyone.
In fact, Marty had an even earlier introduction to systemic discrimination. HIs mother, Beverly, had gone to the University of Buffalo in 1948 to study pharmacy – she was one of a handful of women in a program with hundreds of men. While growing up, he had a front row seat to discrimination against women.
Based on Marty’s personal experiences, being fair and equitable to all is extremely important. As an “old white guy” he is proud of being a strong ally to those that may not have been born with the same privilege as himself.
Marty earned three degrees from the University of Buffalo, two as a full-time student (BS and MS in Mechanical/Systems Engineering) and one as a part-time student while he was working full-time in industry (MBA – Concentration in Organizational Behavior). Marty’s positions in industry included Applications Engineer, Project Engineer and Product Manager.
Throughout his career, Marty has been actively involved in numerous engineering organizations including the NAFE, SAE, ASTM, AAAM, ASME, NSPE, and NCEES. He has held leadership positions at the local, state and national level. Through his involvement, he has met people in the wider engineering community and has made strides in challenging the norms that are not fair to all. It is with these connections that he could bring the most value to his role as Vice-President, External Relations.
Marty has been honored with RIT’s Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award; Rochester Engineering Society’s Engineer of the Year; SAE’s Top Contributor recognition and holds Fellow rank in both the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. Furthermore, Marty has served as RIT’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for nearly 20 years and has been its Baja SAE Advisor for nearly 30 years. He is the only 7-time Baja SAE Competition Organizer.
Marty and his wife Jill live in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York. They have two grown daughters. Amanda, a packaging engineering in Los Angeles and Abby a special education and first grade teacher in Buffalo. Jill is a retired Physical Therapist and currently works part-time as a substitute teacher’s aide at the local elementary school.
I am honored to have been nominated for Vice-President, External Relations. As most of you know, ASEE has recently been working through a financial crises. The current Presidential team has lead an exhaustive effort to make ASEE even more robust and relevant moving forward. I have been a small part of that effort and would like to thank you – ASEE Members - for supporting ASEE and its leaders and staff at this critical time.
Thankfully, ASEE has continued to function fairly normally while attracting a record number of abstracts for the upcoming Annual Conference in Baltimore. ASEE continues to be recognized by other engineering organizations for its focus on improving engineering education and for its emphasis on building a more diverse engineering workforce. ASEE has made some progress in these areas, but much work remains to be done. For too many years engineering has not reflected the make-up of our society. White, male students from first tier suburban high schools continue to enter engineering and engineering technology programs, but where are their more diverse peers from urban centers and far-flung rural areas? There are rules and laws in the US that continue to discourage our less advantaged young people from becoming engineers.
At this year’s ASEE Industry 4.0 Summit, organized by ASEE’s Corporate Member Council, it was reported that we need all hands on deck to meet the projected need for engineers and others in the STEM workforce, yet we are not attracting everyone we should. We need to, in the words of Dan Millard from the NSF, “democratize engineering”. Essentially, this means that we specifically need to get more women and historically under-represented groups into the engineering pipeline. Unfortunately, data presented at the Summit show little to no gains in this area over the past 10 years – we need to change what we are doing.
ASEE is uniquely positioned to be the catalyst for this change. To be most effective, we need to have allies in all areas and especially with our fellow national engineering organizations. I see one of the main efforts of the Vice-President, External Affairs to interface and work cooperatively with our sister organizations to make the changes we would like to see. Being Past-President of one of these sister organization has allowed me to build a network of affiliates across a wide array of engineering organizations from NSPE, ABET and NCEES to ASME, ASCE and IEEE to SWE, NSPE and SHPE
While ASEE continues to embrace the total community of engineering educators and students, some other national engineering organizations do not. I have seen firsthand how some of those other organizations have inadvertently created negative messaging and artificial barriers that dissuade folks from selecting a major that could lead to an engineering career. This is hurting some of the very schools and programs that we as ASEE members care so deeply about. Over the last decade, I have been in communication with these organizations about how they could be doing more to improve the attractiveness of engineering into historically underserved populations.
I have the passion, experience, and connections to be a very effective Vice-President, External Affairs. If elected, I will continue to work passionately for you and a brighter future for all.
Dr. Pritpal Singh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Villanova University. He received his BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham in England in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Applied Science/Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1984.
Dr. Singh has been working in solar energy research for over 40 years, working right from the cell level to the systems level. He teaches postgraduate courses in power electronics, renewable energy systems, sustainable product development for low resource settings and information, communication, and energy technologies for development (ICET4D). He ran his own solar business in India for five years and has consulted for the US Department of Energy and two private companies on solar electric systems. He has worked with UNICEF in Nicaragua, Burundi and Zimbabwe giving workshops on renewable energy and entrepreneurship. He has recently worked on humanitarian projects in Ecuador in renewable energy and connectivity with colleagues from the Escuela Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Dr. Singh served as the IEEE Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) Education Subcommittee Chair from 2017 - 2019 and is presently the Chair of the 2022 Partnerships Committee of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee. He served as the Technical Chair for the 2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference and will serve as Co-Chair and host of the 2023 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.
For ASEE, he has served as the Middle Atlantic ASEE section, Zone 1 Chair and has hosted the Middle Atlantic Section meeting three times. He is currently meetings chair for the section. He has been involved with the International Division for several years and is presently a Member-At-Large for the Division. At last year’s annual conference, he organized a dinner for the International Division to help recruit new members to the Division.
Dr. Singh is the 2022 Duncan Fraser Global Engineering Education awardee which he will receive at the World Engineering Education Forum conference in Cape Town on November 29, 2022.
Karen M. Bursic, Ph.D., P.E. has had a successful academic career in Industrial Engineering that includes administration, teaching, and research. Her career has also included industry experience in quality and operations management consulting, production management and industrial engineering. She has developed outstanding business, communication, and interpersonal skills through considerable educational, consulting, service, and leadership experience and is excited for the opportunity to use those skills to serve ASEE as a PIC Chair if elected. Dr. Bursic currently serves as Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the department, she worked as a Senior Consultant for Ernst and Young and as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors Corporation. She teaches courses in engineering economics and engineering management and has previously taught probability and statistics, engineering analysis, and engineering computing. Her research has focused on improving engineering education and she has been working and publishing in this area since 1994. She has also done research and published work in the areas of engineering and project management. Her most recent work includes “An engineering economy concept inventory”, The Engineering Economist, 65:3, 179-194, which was awarded the Eugene L. Grant Award from the Engineering Economy Division of ASEE for best paper in the journal in 2020. She was also awarded the Best Paper Award (2017) at the ASEE annual conference for the Engineering Economy Division as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award (2015) from the Engineering Economy Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). Dr. Bursic has been an active member of ASEE since 1995 and served as newsletter editor, secretary/treasurer, program chair and then division chair for the Engineering Economy Division. She currently serves as a delegate to the Commission on Diversity Equity and Inclusion (CDEI) of ASEE for the Industrial Engineering Division. She has also served on several award committees and as a paper reviewer for multiple divisions. Dr. Bursic is a senior member of IISE and has held leadership positions at the division level in that organization as well. She is an Area Editor for Case Studies for The Engineering Economist. Dr. Bursic received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.
Katy Luchini Colbry is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Services at the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, where she completed undergraduate degrees in political theory and in computer science. A recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, she earned PhD and MSE degrees in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Luchini Colbry has published dozens of peer-reviewed works related to her interests in engineering education and graduate student success. She has been a regular contributor to the ASEE Annual Conference for more than a decade, winning several best paper recognitions and leading a variety of workshops, panel discussions, and special sessions.
Dr. Colbry has a long history of service to the Graduate Studies Division of ASEE, having volunteered since 2015 in a variety of roles including chairperson, program chair, secretary-treasurer, and past chair. As part of this service, she has helped update GSD bylaws; developed communications and marketing materials; organized GSD activities and paper submissions for several national conferences; and led numerous meetings and events.
Beyond ASEE, Dr. Luchini Colbry has been recognized as a Master Facilitator by the National Research Mentor Network and invited to lead facilitator training programs for universities and research facilities through the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. She is currently co-PI for two NSF-funded projects to enhance the engineering workforce: one is the CyberAmbassadors professional development program, which offers training in communication, teamwork, and leadership skills to support interdisciplinary work. This project has trained more than 7,200 participants to date, including a workshop on communication skills for engineers offered as part of the 2022 ASEE Annual Conference. The second project is a joint effort with Spelman College (a historically black institution serving women) to expand opportunities and increase diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). This effort is developing a five-year BS+MS program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from a historically black institution along with a master’s degree in data science from Michigan State University.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Luchini Colbry has volunteered for the Engineering Futures (EF) program of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. She has facilitated hundreds of interactive workshops for engineering students and professionals, with a focus on building participants’ interpersonal communications, teamwork, leadership, mentoring and problem solving skills. Since 2015 she has served as the volunteer Director of Engineering Futures, taking responsibility for recruiting, training and supporting dozens of volunteer facilitators who provide professional development seminars for engineering students and professionals across the United States. During the pandemic, she launched “EF Online” to provide ongoing professional development webinars, and this popular program has served thousands of participants from around the world in the last two years.
Dr. Rungun Nathan is currently a professor and program chair for the mechanical engineering in the division of engineering at Penn State Berks. He joined in 2007 as an assistant professor and was promoted in 2012 to associate professor. He has over 25 combined years of increasing responsibilities in industry/academia in C-DOT, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Villanova University and Penn State Berks.
He got his BS from University of Mysore, Post graduate diploma from Indian Institute of Science, MS from Louisiana State University and PhD from Drexel University. He has worked in Electronic Packaging in C-DOT (India) and then as a Scientific Assistant in the Robotics laboratory at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He worked as a post-doc at University of Pennsylvania in Haptics and Virtual Reality. His research interests are in the areas of unmanned vehicles particularly flapping flight and frisbees, mechatronics, robotics, MEMS, virtual reality, and haptics, and teaching with technology. He has ongoing research in flapping flight, Frisbee flight dynamics, lift in porous material and brain traumatic injury. He is an active member of APS (DFD), ASEE, ASME and AGMA and reviewer for several ASME, IEEE and ASEE, FIE conferences and journals.
He has been an active member of the Mechanics Division and Mechanical Division since 2006. Starting as a member at large in the Mechanics Division he was the Chair of the division in 2012-2013. He has also been active with the Mechanical Engineering Division and is the Chair of the division in 2021-2022. He is also been an active member of Engineering Technology Division, Computer in Education, Education Research Methods, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies Division and Systems Engineering. He is currently nominated as a Program Evaluator for ABET.
James Lewis is an associate professor in the Engineering Fundamentals Department at the University of Louisville. He earned B.A. in Computer Science from Hanover College and both a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Louisville. At the University of Louisville, James currently is the chair of the engineering student affairs committee, member of the engineering undergraduate education committee, member of the university Cardinal Core Curriculum committee, and for the last 18 years the Triangle Fraternity faculty advisor. He also currently serves on the Hanover College Engineering Advisory Board.
His research has been dedicated to engineering education, with involvement in training undergraduate teaching assistants in effective teaching practices through a collaboration with the School of Education. He has been involved in course redesigns to increase active learning in the classroom. His Introduction to Engineering instructional team was recently awarded the inaugural University of Louisville TILL Teaching Innovation Award.
He first became involved with ASEE in 2008 and has since presented papers in the following divisions: Computers in Education, First-Year Programs, Mathematics, Educational Research and Methods, and Minorities in Engineering. James has also presented at the NSF Grantees' poster sessions. After attending the 2008 conference, he started exploring more ways to increase his participation in ASEE. His first service involvement was as a paper reviewer, and later as a presentation reviewer/judge. James increased his involvement by being elected as program chair-elect in the Computers in Education Division (CoED), which supported the program chair, assisted in the social events, and organized and evaluated the judging of the CoED poster session. After serving as program chair-elect for two years, he became the CoED program chair, and was responsible for coordinating paper reviews, paper acceptance, nominations for best paper, session scheduling and assignments, and organization of social events for the division. He then served as CoED division chair for two years. After completing the officer rotation, James was elected and continues to be a Director-At-Large for CoED.
By increasing his involvement at a higher level at ASEE, James is continuing his commitment to the organization. Becoming a PIC chair provides him the opportunity to build connections within the PIC III divisions and ASEE. His organizational skills and past positions enable him to fulfill the position of PIC chair and allow him to continue to be active in the administration of the organization.
My name is Walter Schilling, and I am a Professor in the EECS Department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, teaching in the software engineering program. My expertise includes software reliability, software verification and validation, embedded systems development, and cybersecurity. My undergraduate degree is from Ohio Northern University, and graduate degrees are from the University of Toledo. Prior to entering academia, I spent five and a half years as a practicing engineer in the automotive sector. Outside of ASEE, I have been in leadership positions in the IEEE and other organizations, and I currently serve as an ABET Program Evaluator.
I joined ASEE in 2005 as a non-traditional graduate student. I returned to graduate school for my doctorate, as I had a desire to teach. I knew I was seeking a position at an undergraduate focused institution. My mentors, many of them whom had been professors of mine during my undergraduate studies, encouraged me to join ASEE for networking opportunities and to better understand the nuances of engineering education. My first annual conference was in Chicago in 2006, and I have attended all but the Honolulu conference since then. I have greatly benefitted from the many professional development opportunities ASEE provides, such as NETI and annual conference workshops.
I have consistently felt that the best way to benefit from an organization is to actively serve the organization. As a graduate student in Toledo, I was able to serve the Toledo section of IEEE as the Newsletter Editor and received the Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1999. When I relocated to Detroit, I became active in the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section, being elected secretary and appointed webmaster, as well as being elected secretary for the local IEEE Computer Society chapter.
Since 2009, I have continuously served as a division officer for ASEE. I have been a program chair for 5 years across three divisions (2 years for the Software Engineering Constituent Committee (now division), 1 year for the New Engineering Educators (NEE) Division, and 2 years for the Computers in Education (CoED) Division). I have also served a total of 5 years as division chair across these same divisions. For NEE, I also served as awards chair, webmaster, secretary, and treasurer. For CoED, I spearheaded major bylaws revisions, and since 2020 I have been the Awards Chair. I am also an Assistant Editor for the CoED Journal, being appointed in 2018.
As PIC Chair, I hope to bring back a sense of normalcy to ASEE Division operations. Due to the pandemic, the past two years have been stressful for all. The 2022 conference was challenged by the Slayte system, and since September there have been serious concerns related to ASEE Finances. I hope to see greater communication and collaboration between divisions, both within and across PICs, and would like to see further growth within ASEE in the rapidly evolving computing disciplines.
For 17 years, I have benefitted greatly from ASEE. I hope to continue serving the organization for the benefit of future engineering educators.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and First-Year Engineering, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University
Returning to academia in 2004 as a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU), she spent a Saturday morning at a Teaching Assistant workshop led by Drs. Rebecca Brent and Richard Felder. A few hours in, she knew she had “found her people.” With a desire to bridge the gap between high school and undergraduate, she was thankful that the NSF GK-12 program, RAMP-UP, had already been created with this purpose in mind. It was an honor to be a Graduate Fellow in this program working with undergraduates at NCSU leading Family STEM Nights, Energy Clubs, and Science Fair projects for elementary school students for many years. This led to her first conference paper and presentation at the 2008 ASEE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. This combined with her work at the North Carolina Solar Center and NCSU Industrial Assessment Center inspired her multidisciplinary dissertation spanning the Colleges of Engineering, Education, and Sciences. Upon earning her doctorate, she joined the founding (5) faculty and staff of the School of Engineering at Campbell University and in 2018 accepted a position at Hofstra University enabling her to continue working while taking care of her mother.
Currently, she is co-PI on the iAM Program, a $5 million NSF S-STEM funded grant at Hofstra University to expand the current program into a collaboration with Nassau Community College. In addition, she is a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee on the CTR and Peer Observations, a campus wide initiative to review and update the protocols. She enjoys chaperoning students from the Hofstra SWE chapter to the annual conference and networking with members of ASHRAE, AEE, and CWEEL.
An ASEE member since 2009, she has served on the Executive Committees of the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division (2015-2020), Ocean and Marine Engineering Division (2020-2023), and the Multidisciplinary Engineering Division (2020-2023) under five different PIC chairs in two different PICs. She served as the program chair for the OMED during both virtual conferences and for the MULTI Division the past two years. She also served on the Awards Committee of the Pre-College Engineering Education Division (2016-2023) and the ECCD (2018-2020). This year she is co-chairing the Interdivisional Town Hall Planning Committee for the second year, and supporting the Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has authored or co-authored 20 conference papers, reviewed 175+ abstracts and papers for ASEE and 5+ for CONECD, led one workshop, participated on two panels, and received the following awards and recognitions:
2016 Mara Washburn Early Engineering Educator Grant Honorable Mention
2019 Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division
ASEE is critical to the success of educators and academia. It would be my pleasure to continue serving the membership of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Sadan Kulturel‐Konak is a Professor of Management Information Systems and the Director of the Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) Center at Penn State Berks. Dr. Kulturel also holds an Affiliate Faculty position at Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering, Penn State University Park. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University. Integrating research, teaching, and service has nurtured her passion for her profession.
Dr. Kulturel’s research focuses on modeling and optimizing complex systems using hybrid approaches combining heuristic methods and exact techniques from probability and operations research. The primary application areas of her research include designing and redesigning facilities to provide significant economic benefits for the US industries. She has published her disciplinary research in highly regarded journals, including IIE Transactions, Operations Research Letters, INFORMS Journal on Computing, International Journal of Production Research, and European Journal of Operational Research. Dr. Kulturel is also interested in pedagogical research regarding entrepreneurship/STEM fields, such as professional skill development, teamwork in online and offline settings, and innovative thinking skills. Therefore, her research demonstrates the integration of her technical expertise with advances in pedagogy. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications that have garnered over 2,600 citations, the i-10 index of 50 (Google Scholar), and several best paper awards.
Dr. Kulturel has designed and taught various courses, ranging from Project Management and Statistics to Engineering Innovation. She also engages her students in research and mission projects in the US and overseas. One example was Dr. Kulturel-Konak led a project group working on an electronic waste project in Kenya. The project formed a collaboration among the students from Penn State and Jomo Kenyatta University and the staff and youth of the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC). She combines teamwork, independent work, active learning, and traditional lecturing.
Dr. Kulturel has been a principal investigator in several sponsored projects from National Science Foundation (NSF)- Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Directorate for STEM Education and VentureWell- Faculty and Program Grants. Her focus has been on transforming STEM/Innovation education and enhancing diversity. Through these granted projects, she has supported undergraduate research students and supervised them to conduct research, write their research outcomes, and present them at research conferences, which has been an enriching experience.
Dr. Kulturel has a strong service record for her university and professional societies. Since 2011, she has been the founding director of the Flemming CEED Center, which aims to foster economic development through technology-based solutions. She is currently an academic member of the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE). She also serves as a local chapter representative for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). Previously, she served as the president of the Women in Operations Research and Management Science (WORMS) and chair of the Facility Logistics at the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). She is an Associate Editor of the Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier).
For ASEE, Dr. Kulturel held executive positions at the ASEE Middle Atlantic Section as vice chair, chair-elect, and chair (2015 to 2018). She hosted and chaired the Fall 2017 Middle Atlantic Section Conference, was a conference committee member for the Fall 2022 Middle Atlantic Section Conference and was a reviewer at many ASEE conferences. Her co-authored papers received Best Paper Awards from the ASEE: Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division Best Paper Award- 2nd place (2021 Annual) and three earlier Best Paper Awards- Middle Atlantic Section Fall 2017, 2018 Zone I, 2018 All Zones. She has stayed connected with the Middle Atlantic Section Executive Board and volunteered with section and ASEE conference committees. In addition to regular presentations, Dr. Kulturel was also to deliver four workshops at various ASEE conferences in design thinking and creative problem-solving.
Bala Maheswaran received his MS and Ph.D. in experimental solid-state physics and MSEE in electrical and computer engineering from Northeastern University, where he has taught for about twenty years and currently is a faculty in the College of Engineering. He has contributed to and authored over a hundred original research and education-related papers and conference proceedings. He has presented papers, organized and presented workshops and panel discussions at several national and international conferences. His goal is to reform engineering education by moving away from the boundaries of traditional, classroom-based approaches toward project-, concept-, team- and skill-based and knowledge-integrated approaches using real-world situations in diverse and inclusive environments. He has taken numerous students to ASEE conferences to improve their educational experiences and has introduced them to the real professional world. His current academic interest includes energy system Innovation and experiential engineering education via innovation. His past research was on high-temperature superconductors, two-dimensional electron gas, and engineering physics education.
An involved member of ASEE since 2001, Maheswaran has contributed in various capacities. The ASEE is an integral part of his professional life for over two decades. He served as chair, program chair, secretary, and webmaster of the Engineering Physics Division, and as member-at-large of the Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division. He also served on the Chester F. Carlson Award Committee, PIC III Best Paper Selection Committee, and Division’s delegate for P12 and CDEI commissions, and was the co-chair of the Interdivisional Town Hall (ITH) committee. At the regional level, he has served as the chair, chair-elect, secretary, membership chair, campus rep chair, graduate poster chair, and undergraduate poster chair as well as on the executive and organizing committees of the ASEE-Northeast Section and conferences, and on Zone I executive and organizing committees. In addition, he was involved in several Global Outreach activities, such as Engineering Outreach, Women Leadership, and Pre-University Posters. He is also the co-chair of the TASME (Technological Advances in Science, Medicine, and Engineering) annual conference and is the Director of the Engineering & Architecture Division (EAD), Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). He has led and helped organize several national and international conferences including TASME 2021 & 22, virtual conferences, the ASEE-NE 2021 & 22 in-person conferences, and ITH 2022; these were well-attended and successful despite the global disruption we faced during the pandemic.
A charismatic educator, Maheswaran has received several awards including the Northeastern University First-year Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award twice, Special Recognition Award by the NU student chapters of BESS (Black Engineering Student Society), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). He also received the ASEE Northeast Section Outstanding Teaching Award, Best Student Paper Awards, ASEE Division Distinguished Educator and Service Award, nominated for ASEE National Distinguished Teaching Award and ASEE Fellow. Honoring his outstanding contribution, at its 24th & 25th-year award ceremonies, TASME presented awards in his name: “Dr. Bala Maheswaran Junior Faculty Award 2020 for Excellence in Science Education,” “Dr. Bala Maheswaran Physics and Engineering Research Award 2021,” and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. In 2022, he was inducted into the Northeastern University Twenty-Five Year Associate group by the NU president.
Maheswaran looks forward to continuing to serve ASEE, its members, and engineering professionals in the role of Zone 1 Chair / ASEE Board of Director to inspire and motivate the younger generation to pursue a career in engineering fields that uplift our world and allow them to play an important role in the ever-evolving technology world. Taken together, the exceptional classroom performance, contribution to the scholarship of education, and active involvement in both regional and national ASEE meetings and committees, and other international committees (TASME at Toronto, Canada, and ATINER, at Athens, Greece), make him an ideal candidate to contribute to the ASEE by serving as the Zone 1 Chair / ASEE Board of Director.