Mariana Leandro Cruz received the BSc and MSc degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. She is currently developing the PhD in engineering education at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering in the Netherlands. Her research interests include engineering education, competencies, competency measurement, and course development.
Gillian Saunders-Smits is Senior Lecturer and Passionate Engineering Education
Researcher and Curriculum Developer at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft in
the Netherlands. She teaches Research Methodologies to all Master students, runs a MOOC
on the Introduction to Aerospace Structures and Materials and has previously taught
Mechanics, Flight mechanics, and Design Projects and has served as Project Education
Coordinator in the Bachelor and Master Track Coordinator for Aerospace Structures and
Materials track and was the initiator of the successful online education program at Aerospace
Engineering. She has overseen many curriculum innovation projects, most recently the
overhaul of the MSc. track in Aerospace Structures and Materials. She is currently the principal
investigator for TU Delft in the European Erasmus+ PREFER project on the Professional Roles
and Employability of Future Engineers and serves on the Steering Committee of the European
Association of Engineering Education (SEFI).
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