Dr. Svihla is an assistant professor of learning sciences at the University of New Mexico. She is particularly interested in how people find and frame problems, and how these activities relate to innovation and creativity. She applies a range of research methods to understand learning in real world, interdisciplinary and Computer-Supported Collaborative settings. She was selected as a 2014 National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Scholar.
Abhaya Datye has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico after receiving his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1984. He is presently Chair of the department and Distinguished Regents Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering. From 1994-2014 he served as Director of the Center for Microengineered Materials, a strategic research center at UNM that reports to the Vice President for Research. He is also the founding director of the graduate interdisciplinary program in Nanoscience and Microsystems, the first program at UNM to span three schools and colleges and the Anderson Business School. He served as director of this program from 2007 – 2014. His research interests are in heterogeneous catalysis, materials characterization and nanomaterials synthesis. His research group has pioneered the development of electron microscopy tools for the study of catalysts.
Jamie Gomez, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer III in the department of Chemical & Biological Engineering (CBE) at the University of New Mexico. She is a co- principal investigator for the following National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects: Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) - Using Digital Badging and Design Challenge Modules to Develop Professional Identity; Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE PFE\RED) - Formation of Accomplished Chemical Engineers for Transforming Society. She is a member of the CBE department’s ABET and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, as well as faculty advisor for several student societies. She is the instructor of several courses in the CBE curriculum including the Material and Energy Balances, junior laboratories and Capstone Design courses. She is associated with several professional organizations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and American Society of Chemical Engineering Education (ASEE) where she adopts and contributes to innovative pedagogical methods aimed at improving student learning and retention.
Dr. Victor Law is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico in the Program of Organization, Information, and Leaning Sciences. He received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. His research explores the social aspects of self-regulation in collaborative learning environments. In addition, he has been conducting studies examining the effects of different scaffolding approaches, including massively multiplayer online games, computer-based simulation, and dynamic modeling, on students’ complex problem-solving learning outcomes. Dr. Law has published empirical studies in national and international refereed journals such as Computers in Human Behaviors, Journal of Educational Computing Research, Journal of Educational Technology & Society, Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning, and International Journal of Knowledge Management and E-Learning.
Sophia Bowers is a PhD candidate in the Organization, Information, & Learning Sciences at University of New Mexico. She is interested in understanding how individuals and organizations learn and apply knowledge in real settings; and in creating positive learning and work environments. She has a B.S. in Engineering, an M.BA., and has worked in industry for over 18 years.
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