Nicole earned a B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in bioengineering from Kettering University (Flint, MI, USA) in 2012. Through Kettering’s experiential learning program, Nicole worked as a research assistant at Henry Ford Hospital’s Bone and Joint Center (Detroit, MI, USA) for 2.5 years where she further developed her interest in biomechanics. Nicole went on to earn her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO, USA) in 2018. There she gained experience working as a graduate teaching assistant for computer-aided engineering, biomedical engineering capstone design, and biomedical engineering introductory classes. She also served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the College of Engineering during the 2016/2017 academic year. Nicole then completed a two-year instructional post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad in the Transforming Engineering Education Laboratory within the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. Through this fellowship, she spent the 2019/2020 academic year working with Shantou University (Guangdong Province, China), teaching in their new BME program and assisting in curriculum development and accreditation efforts. She is currently in a one-year lectureship position with Shantou University to continue this accreditation work before starting as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at West Chester University (Wester Chester, PA, USA) in the fall of 2021. Her engineering education interests include student engagement strategies, student perceptions of engineering disciplines, and program accreditation.
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