Ronald F. DeMara is a Professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Central Florida with 24 years of experience in Electrical and Computer Engineering disciplines. His educational research interests focus on classroom and laboratory instructional technology, and the digitization of STEM assessments. He has completed over 200 technical and educational publications, 34 funded projects as PI/Co-I, and established two research laboratories. He serves as the founding Director of the Evaluation and Proficiency Center (EPC) in CECS, and is an iSTEM Fellow. He received the Joseph M. Bidenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from IEEE in 2008.
Dr. Baiyun Chen is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. She designs and delivers faculty professional development programs and teaches graduate courses on Instructional Systems Design. Her research interests focus on using instructional strategies in online and blended teaching and learning, professional development for teaching online, and application of emerging technologies in education. She has published 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and delivered more than 50 presentations at international and local conferences and event and served as the Co-Managing Editor of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository.
Richard Hartshorne is an Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Instructional Design & Technology program at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on educational technology production and technology and teacher education from the University of Florida. Prior to his tenure at the UCF, Richard was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for seven years and a physics instructor at Ed White High School in Jacksonville, FL for seven years. At the University of Central Florida, his teaching focuses on the integration of technology into the educational landscape, as well as instructional design and development. His research interests primarily involve the production and effective integration of instructional technology into the teaching and learning environment. The major areas of his research interest are rooted in technology and teacher education, the integration of emerging technology into the k-post-secondary curriculum, and online teaching and learning.
Ramtin Zand received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2010 from Imam Khomeini International University, Qazvin, Iran. He also received his M.Sc. degree in Digital Electronics at Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2012. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA. His research interests are in Reconfigurable and Adaptive Computing Architectures with emphasis on Spintronic devices.
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