Erin Shealy is a master’s student studying Applied Sociology at Clemson University. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, also from Clemson University. For the past two years, she has been serving as a graduate research assistant for an NSF-funded research project on engineering transfer students, part of the larger Multi Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD) study.
Catherine E. Brawner is President of Research Triangle Educational Consultants. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from NC State University in 1996. She also has an MBA from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. She specializes in evaluation and research in engineering education, computer science education, teacher education, and technology education. Dr. Brawner is a founding member and former treasurer of Research Triangle Park Evaluators, an American Evaluation Association affiliate organization and is a member of the American Educational Research Association and American Evaluation Association, in addition to ASEE. Dr. Brawner is also an Extension Services Consultant for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) and, in that role, advises computer science departments on diversifying their undergraduate student population. She currently serves as the principal evaluator for the Teachers Attracting Girls to Computer Science project which aims to increase and diversify the student population studying computer science in high school. Dr. Brawner previously served as principal evaluator of the NSF-sponsored SUCCEED Coalition. She remains an active researcher with MIDFIELD, studying gender issues, transfers, and matriculation models in engineering.
Dr. Mobley is a Professor of Sociology at Clemson University. In recent years, her research has focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, sustainability, environmental sociology, and policy and advocacy. Her focus is on identifying the human factors (cultural, social, economic and political) that influence environmental and educational policies. She has more than 15 years experience in developing surveys (traditional and web-based), conducting in-depth interviews, and moderating focus groups. In 2004, Dr. Mobley joined the NSF-funded MIDFIELD interdisciplinary research team which is examining the educational pathways of engineering students at eleven universities. She is currently serving as Co-PI and is co-leading the qualitative component of a project on transfer students in engineering.
Richard Layton is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His professional work includes student teaming, persistence, migration, and retention of engineering undergraduates, and consulting in data visualization and graph design. He is also a singer and songwriter.
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