Dr. Todd Hamrick, Ph.D. is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Freshman Engineering Program at West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, a position he has held since 2011. He received his Ph.D. that same year from WVU in Mechanical Engineering, with studies in efficiency improvement in well drilling and organic solar cells. Dr. Hamrick received undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German in 1987, and returned to academia after a 22-year engineering career in industry. During his career, Dr. Hamrick served in a broad range of positions including design, product development, tool and die, manufacturing, sales, and management. His teaching style brings practical, innovative, experience-based learning to the classroom, where hands-on projects that reflect real-world applications are valued by students. His teaching interests include active learning, robotics, and study abroad.
Lizzie Y. Santiago, Ph.D., is a teaching assistant professor for the freshman engineering program in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and has postdoctoral training in neural tissue engineering and molecular neurosciences. She teaches freshman engineering courses and supports the outreach and recruiting activities of the college. Her research interests include neural tissue engineering, stem cell research, absorption of air pollutants in human upper airways, attrition and university retention, increasing student awareness and interest in research and engineering, STEM education, and recruitment and retention of women and minorities.
Kristin Brewster is currently the Curricular Outreach Program Coordinator for the Fundamentals of Engineering Program in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. She graduated from WVU in 2011 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a M.A. in Secondary Education. She has taught spatial visualization, engineering orientation and freshman engineering problem solving courses. In addition, she advises freshmen students to help with the transition from high school to college and provides academic support.
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