Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance and attributes of engineering technology students and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies.
I am an experienced computer science lecturer, software engineer, mobile applications developer and researcher with a flair for creativity and visual design. At Western Carolina University I have taught a diverse range of topics under the umbrella of computer science and supervised undergraduate research projects (capstone). My current research interests revolve around computer science education, best practices in team formation and assessment of work, the visualization of programming concepts, and mobile applications. I have been programming in the OO and imperative paradigms for over 15 years. Since 2006 I have been lecturing and tutoring computing subjects. In addition to my teaching record, I have also gained significant experience leading the research and development of commercial mobile applications on the Android and IOS (iPhone) platforms for a specialist business support center (CEMAS) based at the University of South Wales in the UK. In 2010 I successfully defended my PhD thesis, which focused on developing and using dynamic, interactive visualization techniques and a scaffolding pedagogy to teach the concepts and skills of programming to novices more effectively. As a result of this work, I have developed a unique visual programming environment, website and pedagogy which I integrated into the teaching of programming at three universities. This research has also received significant attention from high schools and universities globally. It has been presented at both a national and international level. I have also used it in outreach activities to promote the subject of computing in both in Wales and the Smokey Mountains region.
Kenneth Connor is an emeritus professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he taught courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, biomedical sensors, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. He learned problem solving from his father (who ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He has had the great good fortune to always work with amazing people, most recently the members and leadership of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) from HBCU and HSI ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) ERC, where he was Education Director until his retirement in 2018. He was RPI ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) from 2003 to 2008. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.
Frederick C. Berry received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E. and D.Engr. degrees from Louisiana Tech University in 1981, 1983, and 1988 respectfully. Dr. Berry is Professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University.
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