Ann F. McKenna is the Vice Dean of Strategic Advancement for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, and is a professor of engineering in the Polytechnic School, one of the six Fulton Schools. Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was the director of education improvement in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jennifer M. Bekki is an Associate Professor in The Polytechnic School within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Her research interests include topics related to engineering student persistence, STEM graduate students (particularly women), online learning, educational data mining, and the modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering, all from Arizona State University.
Mark Huerta is a PhD candidate in the Engineering Education Systems & Design program at Arizona State University (ASU). He earned his BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering, both from ASU. He is the Co-Founder & Chairman of 33 Buckets, a non-profit that provides sustainable clean water access in the developing world. Mark has experiences as a researcher, social
entrepreneur, engineer, teacher, and higher education program manager.
Mark’s research interests revolve around developing engineers capable of leading and enacting positive change on their communities. His research explores the topics of entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, well-being, leadership, interpersonal skills, and other 21st century competencies. Mark has experiences in teaching and mentoring engineering students in human-centered design, social entrepreneurship, humanitarian engineering, leadership, and
Dr. Rong Pan is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University in 2002. His research interests include failure time data analysis, design of experiments, multivariate statistical quality control, time series analysis and control. He is a senior member of ASQ, IISE and IEEE, and a member of INFORMS.
Ram M. Pendyala is a Professor of Transportation Systems in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. His expertise lies in the study of human activity-travel behavior, sustainable mobility strategies, public transportation systems, and the land use, travel, energy, and air quality impacts of a wide range of transportation policies and technologies. Dr. Pendyala has conducted more than $9 million in sponsored research and published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Transportation, Transport Reviews, Journal of Choice Modeling, and Transportation Letters. He was the chair of the Travel Analysis Methods Section of the Transportation Research Board and the past chair of its Committee on Traveler Behavior and Values. He is also the past chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR). Dr. Pendyala has his PhD and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering with a specialization in transportation systems from the University of California at Davis. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras in Chennai, India.
Dr. Haolin Zhu earned her BEng in Engineering Mechanics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, with a focus on computational solid mechanics. Dr. Zhu is a Senior Lecturer of the freshman engineering education team in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the recipient of the Fulton Outstanding Lecturer Award. In this role, she focuses on designing the curriculum and teaching in the freshman engineering program and the mechanical engineering program. She is also the Assistant Director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) at ASU. In this role, she focuses on student support and tracking as well as programming for current students in GCSP. Dr. Zhu has also been involved in the ASU ProMod project, the Engineering Projects in Community Service program, the Engineering Futures program, the Global Freshman Academy/Earned Admission/Universal Learner Courses Program, and the ASU Kern Project. She was a part of the team that designed a largely team and activity based online Introduction to Engineering course. She has also co-developed two unique MOOCs, Introduction to Engineering and Perspectives on Grand Challenges for Engineering for the Global Freshman Academy/ASU Earned Admission/Universal Learner Courses Program. Her Ph.D. research focuses on multi-scale multiphase modeling and numerical analysis of coupled large viscoelastic deformation and fluid transport in swelling porous materials, but she is currently interested in various topics in the field of engineering education, such as innovative teaching pedagogies for increased retention and student motivation; innovations in non-traditional delivery methods, incorporation of the Entrepreneurial Mindset in the engineering curriculum and its impact.
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