Sarah Lopez is a graduate student at Utah State University, pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education and a Masters in Electrical Engineering. She graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2016 with degrees in Computer Engineering and Math Education. Her research interests include spatial ability, robotics education, and the signal processing of biometric data, such as EEG, in engineering education research.
Wade Goodridge is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. He holds dual B.S. degrees in Industrial Technology Education and also in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His M.S. and Ph.D. are in Civil Engineering with a focus on fluid mechanics. Wade has over 20 years of teaching experience, primarily focused at the University level, but also including 3 years of teaching in high schools. Dr. Goodridge’s current research interests include spatial thinking/cognition, effective pedagogy/andragogy in engineering education, and professional development. His research revolves around developing and validating curricular methods and instruments to improve engineering education in the informal, traditional, distance, and professional environments. Some of his latest work involves teaching Blind and Low Vision youth engineering mechanics and utilizing spatial techniques to enhance their understanding of engineering content. Dr. Goodridge is an engineering councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and has been active in consulting for international companies such as SIEMENS and for USAID projects.
Kurt Becker is the current director for the Center for Engineering Education Research (CEER) which examines innovative and effective engineering education practices as well as classroom technologies that advance learning and teaching in engineering. He is also working on National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects exploring engineering design thinking. His areas of research include engineering design thinking, adult learning cognition, engineering education professional development and technical training. He has extensive international experience working on technical training and engineering educaton projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and U.S. Department of Labor, USAID. Countries where he has worked include Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Thailand. In addition, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University.
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