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Doctoral Engineering Education Alumni

Dr. Matthew Boynton

Engineering Coordinator,
Tennessee Telecommunication Association

Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti

Dissertation:  People not Print: Exploring Engineering Future Possible Self Development in Rural Areas of Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau

ButlerDr. Wm. Michael Butler
Associate Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech

Advisor:  Richard M. Goff

Dissertation: The Impact of Simulation-Based Learning in Aircraft Design on Aerospace Student
Preparedness for Engineering Practice: A Mixed Methods Approach
Dr. Cory Brozina
Assistant Professor and Director of the First-Year Engineering program at Youngstown State University

Advisor:  David Knight

Dissertation:  Learning Analylitics: Understanding First-year Engineering students through Connected Student Centered data
Dr. Philip Brown
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Advisor:  Holly M. Matusovich

Dissertation:  Content and Choices:Exploring Career Goals in Undergraduate Students

Dr. Cheryl Carrico

Owner, Cheryl Carrico Consulting, LLC

Advisor: Holly M. Matusovich

  Dissertation: Voices in the Mountains: A Qualitative Study Exploring Factors Influencing Appalachian High School Students\' Engineering Career Goals  


Dr. Erin Crede
Maintenance Officer
USAF-Guard &
Adjunct Faculty
at the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering,Virginia Tech

Advisor:  Maura Borrego

 Disseration:  Organization and Retention of Students in Graduate Engineering Research Groups
Dr. Kelly Cross
Post Doctoral Reseacher at
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti

Dissertation:  The Experiences of African-American Males on Multiracial Student Teams in Engineering

Dr. Stephanie Cutler
Assessment and Instructional Support Specalist at Penn State University

Advisor:  Maura Borrego

Dissertation:  How Static is the Statics Classroom? An investigation into how innovations, specifically Research-Based Instructional Strategies, are adopted into the Statics classroom

Dr. Parhum Delgoshaei
Research Associate and Instructor at the Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) at Penn State University

Advisor:  Vinod K. Lohani

Dissertation:  Design and Implementation of a Real-Time Environmental Monitoring Lab with Applications in Sustanibility Education

Dr. Andrea Goncher
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology

Advisor:  Aditya Johri

Dissertation:  Contextual Shaping of Student Design Practices: The Role of Constraint in First-Year Engineering Design

Dr. Cory Hixson
Assistant Professor of Experiential Engineering Education (ExEEd)
Rowan University College of Engineering

Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti

Dissertation:  Exploring Engineering Faculty Members' Experiences with University Commercialization Utilizing Systems Thinking
Dr. Deirdre Hunter
Instructor at the George R. Brown School of
at Rice University

Advisor:  Holly Matusovich

Dissertation:  Implementing Problem-based Learning in Introductory Engineering Courses: A Qualitative Investigation of Facilitation Strategies

Dr. Stephanie Kusano
Assessment and Evaluation Postdoctoral Research Associate at
University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Advisor:  Aditya Johri
             Lisa McNair

Dissertation: Beyond Classroom:Understanding the Educational Significance of Non-Curricular Engineering Design Experience

LeeDr. Walter Lee
Assistant Professor,

Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech

Advisor:  Holly Matusovich

Dissertation:  Providing Co-Curricular Support: A Multi-Case Study of Engineering Student Support Centers
KajfezDr. Rachel Louis Kajfez
Assistant Professor of Practice at Ohio State University

Holly Matusovich

Disssertation:  The Motivation and Identity Development of Graduate Teaching Assistants in First-Year Engineering Programs

Dr. Brian Novoselich
Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy

Advisor:  David Knight

Dissertation:  Investigating Shared Leadership in Undergraduate Capstone Design Project

Dr. Rachel McCord
Thinking About Thinking in Study Groups: Studying Engineering Students' Use of Metacognition in Naturalistic Setting

Advisor:  Holly Matusovich

Dissertation:  Thinking About Thinking in Study Groups: Studying Engineering Students' Use of Metacognition in Naturalistic Setting

Dr. Jean Mohammadi-Aragh
Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University

Advisor:  Christopher B. Williams

Dissertation:  Characterizing Student Attention in Technology-Infused Classrooms Using Real-time Active Window Data

Dr. Jacob Moore
Assisstant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Mont Alto

Advisor:  Christopher B. Williams

Dissertation:  Promoting Conceptual Understanding via Adaptive Concept Maps

Dr. Jennifer Mullin
Adjunct Instructor
Santa Clara University

Advisor:  Vinod K. Lohani

Dissertation: Investigations of Student and Team Creativity on an Introductory Engineering Design Project

Dr. Homero Murzi
Academic Researcher at University of Queensland

Advisor:  Lisa D. McNair

Dissertation:  Understanding Diminsions of Displinary Culture in Undergraduate Students
PembridgeDr. James Pembridge
Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti

Dissertation:  Mentoring in Engineering Capstone Design Courses: Beliefs and Practices across Disciplines

Dr. Kevin Sevilla
Lecturer at
Charles Sturt University

Advisors:  Marie C. Paretti
                  Maura J. Borrego

Dissertation:  Virtual Socialization in Engineering Education: Identifying the Impacts of a Socializer-Based Intervention on Second-Year Engineering Students

Dr. Courtney Smith
Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineerin at UNC Charlotte

Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti

Dissertation:  The Intersecting Perspective: African American Female Experiences with Faculty Mentoring in Undergraduate Engineering

Dr. Kenneth Stanton
CFO at Narasi Coaching in
Fort Collins

Advisor:  Richard M. Goff

Dissertation:  Engineering Faculty Motivation for and Engagement in Formative Assessment
Dr. Heidi Streinhauer
Department Chair - Engineering Fundamentals at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Advisor:  Lisa D. McNair

Dissertation:  Assessment of First-Year Engineering Students' Spatial Visualization Skills

Dr. Hon Jie Teo
Faculty in the Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education at New York City College of Technology (City Tech)

Advisors:  Aditya Johri
                    Vinod K Lohani

Dissertation: Knowledge Creation Analytics for Online Engineering Learning

Dr. Lauren Thomas
Sr. Research Scientist & STEM Education Leader,
University of Washington

Advisor:  Maura Borrego

Dissertation:  Preparing and Progressing: A Narrative Study of Optics and Photonics Graduate Students’ Identity-Trajectory
VentersDr. Christopher Venters
Teaching Assistant Professor at East Carolina University

Lisa D. McNair

Dissertation:  Using Writing Assignments to Promote Conceptual Knowledge Development in Engineering Statics

Dr. Katherine Winters
Research Civil Engineer at US Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg, Mississippi

Advisor: Holly Matusovich

Dissertation:  Career Goals and Actions of Early Career Engineering Graduates
Engineering Education at Virginia Tech

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