Keith W. Buffinton is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former Dean of the College of Engineering at Bucknell University. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford. Following his graduate studies, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Institute for Mechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. From 2001 through 2004 he served as co-director of Bucknell's Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management and from 2003 through 2007 as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. In 2003 he received Bucknell’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Prof. Buffinton’s scholarly interests range across the areas of multibody dynamics, nonlinear control, mechanical design, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, engineering management education, and his primary research focus, the dynamics and control of robotic systems. He has been the recipient of external grants from a number of funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Pennsylvania, and most recently the Kern Family Foundation. As Dean of Engineering, Prof. Buffinton particularly sought to enhance support for students from under-resourced backgrounds as well as to promote the creation of an Ecology of Entrepreneurship. Prof. Buffinton has been a past member of the Executive Board of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council and was formerly Co-Chair of the ASEE EDC Undergraduate Experience Committee.
VINCENT P. MANNO is Provost Emeritus and Professor of Engineering Emeritus at
the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. He received a BS from Columbia
University and MS and Sc.D. from M.I.T. His field of expertise is thermal-fluid
dynamics with applications in power, electronics thermal management, and
manufacturing. He has authored more than 140 technical publications. His honors
include SAE’s Teetor Award, Rosten Award for Thermal Analysis of Electronic
Equipment, ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, and Fischer Engineering Teacher of
the Year Award. He is an ASME Fellow and on the Board of Directors of ASEE’s
Engineering Research Council.
Joseph J. Helble is Professor of Engineering, and Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, a position he has held since 2005. Prior to Dartmouth, Dr. Helble was the AAAS Revelle Fellow, spending a year on staff in the U.S. Senate with a focus on science policy. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and from 1987 to 1995, a researcher at Physical Sciences Inc. Dr. Helble is the author of over 100 publications and 3 U.S. patents, the recipient of several awards for his scholarly work, and a 2014 co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for the development of Dartmouth’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. He presently serves as Chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Public Policy Committee. Dr. Helble holds a B.S from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. from MIT.
Susan M. Lord received a B.S. from Cornell University in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering (EE) and the M.S. and Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. She is currently Professor and Chair of Integrated Engineering at the University of San Diego. Her research focuses on the study and promotion of diversity in engineering including student pathways and inclusive teaching. She is Co-Director of the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI). Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Lord is among the first to study Latinos in engineering and coauthored The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering. Dr. Lord is a Fellow of the IEEE and ASEE and is active in the engineering education community including serving as General Co-Chair of the Frontiers in Education Conference, President of the IEEE Education Society, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) and the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE). She and her coauthors received the 2011 Wickenden Award for the best paper in JEE and the 2011 and 2015 Best Paper Awards for the IEEE ToE. In Spring 2012, Dr. Lord spent a sabbatical at Southeast University in Nanjing, China teaching and doing research. She is on the USD team implementing “Developing Changemaking Engineers”, an NSF-sponsored Revolutionizing Engineering Education (RED) project. Dr. Lord is the 2018 recipient of the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Ann F. McKenna is a Professor in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Director of The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Matthew W. Ohland is Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research includes the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods and his team received Best Paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008 and 2011 and from the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011 and 2015. Dr. Ohland is an ABET Program Evaluator for ASEE and was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi. He is a Fellow of the ASEE and IEEE.
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