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.