David Evenhouse is a dual degree Graduate Student and Research Assistant in the Purdue School of Engineering Education. He graduated from Calvin College in the Spring of 2015 with a B.S.E. concentrating in Mechanical Engineering. Experiences during his undergraduate years included a semester in Spain, taking classes at the Universidad de Oviedo and the Escuela Politécnica de Ingenieria de Gijón, as well as multiple internships in Manufacturing and Quality Engineering. His current work primarily investigates the effects of select emergent pedagogies upon student and instructor performance and experience at the collegiate level. Other interests include engineering ethics, engineering philosophy, and the intersecting concerns of engineering industry and higher academia.
Nick A. Stites is the Director of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also an instructor in the Engineering Plus Program. His research interests include the development of novel pedagogical methods to teach core engineering courses and leveraging technology to enhance learning experiences. Nick has a PhD in Engineering Education, BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, professional engineering experience, and experience as an instructor at the community-college and research-university level.
Amy K. Dunford is the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program Manager at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Amy earned a master's degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a master's in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Amy specializes in project-based learning management and curriculum development, and has prior experience as a first-year engineering laboratory course developer and instructor at UC Irvine.
Rohit Kandakatla is currently a Ph.D. candidate in School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has his bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering from India. He currently serves as the Chair-elect of the ASEE Student Division as has been an active member of the international engineering education community while serving as the President of Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) and as the Vice-President of Student Engagement for the International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). His research interests include education policy, faculty development in higher education, integration of technology and entrepreneurship in engineering education, and service learning. For his dissertation, Rohit is evaluating how engineering faculty in India develop Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, a framework used to help instructors effectively integrate educational technology tools into their courses.
Jeffrey F. (Jeff) Rhoads is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and serves as the Director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories and the Director of Practice for MEERCat Purdue: The Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at the same institution. He previously served as the Associate Director of PERC: The Purdue Energetics Research Center. Dr. Rhoads received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, each in mechanical engineering, from Michigan State University in 2002, 2004, and 2007, respectively. Dr. Rhoads’ current research interests include the predictive design, analysis, and implementation of resonant micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for use in chemical and biological sensing, electromechanical signal processing, and computing; the thermomechanics of energetic materials (including explosives, pyrotechnics, and propellants); additive manufacturing; and mechanics education. Dr. Rhoads is a Member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where he serves on the Design Engineering Division’s Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound. Dr. Rhoads is a recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award; the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering’s Harry L. Solberg Best Teacher Award (three times), Robert W. Fox Outstanding Instructor Award, B.F.S. Schaefer Outstanding Young Faculty Scholar Award, Charles B. Murphy Award, and Ruth and Joel Spira Award; the ASEE Mechanics Division’s Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award; and the ASME C. D. Mote Jr., Early Career Award. In 2014, Dr. Rhoads was included in ASEE Prism Magazine’s 20 Under 40. To date he has authored more than 125 peer reviewed journal and conference publications and with his colleagues has conduct more than $47M in sponsored research with industry, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. Dr. Rhoads also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of two start-up entities: Level 6 Engineering LLC and Next Offset Solutions, Inc.
Edward Berger is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education and Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, joining Purdue in August 2014. He has been teaching mechanics for over 20 years, and has worked extensively on the integration and assessment of specific technology interventions in mechanics classes. He was one of the co-leaders in 2013-2014 of the ASEE Virtual Community of Practice (VCP) for mechanics educators across the country. His current research focuses on student problem-solving processes and use of worked examples, change models and evidence-based teaching practices in engineering curricula, and the role of non-cognitive and affective factors in student academic outcomes and overall success.
Jennifer DeBoer is currently Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research focuses on international education systems, individual and social development, technology use and STEM learning, and educational environments for diverse learners.
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