Lakshmy Mohandas is a third year PhD student in the department of Technology at Purdue University. Her research interest lies in methods to improve student motivation and learning experience in higher education. She is also passionate about teaching and has been teaching a design thinking course for undergraduate freshmen in Purdue polytechnic since 2017.
Nathan Mentzer is an associate professor in the College of Technology with a joint appointment in the College of Education at Purdue University. Hired as a part of the strategic P12 STEM initiative, he prepares Engineering/Technology candidates for teacher licensure. Dr. Mentzer’s educational efforts in pedagogical content knowledge are guided by a research theme centered in student learning of engineering design thinking on the secondary level. Nathan was a former middle and high school technology educator in Montana prior to pursuing a doctoral degree. He was a National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) Fellow at Utah State University while pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. After graduation he completed a one year appointment with the Center as a postdoctoral researcher.
Aparajita Jaiswal is a Ph.D. student in Purdue Polytechnic at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Her research interests are in datascience education, computational thinking, student engagement and motivation in active learning environments.
Shawn Farrington is a Senior Lecturer in the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. He co-coordinates a first-year Design Thinking program and teaches several of his own sections. Shawn is also an Educational Psychology Ph.D. candidate at Purdue. His research interest includes student motivation in core college courses.
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