Natalie Van Tyne, P.E.
Associate Professor of Practice
Blacksburg, Va 24061
M.S., Environmental (Ecological) Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
M.B.A., Lehigh University
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University
B.A., Russian Language, Douglass College (Rutgers University)
- Reflective learning in first year engineering courses
- Development of critical thinking skills in early college students
- Team dynamics in project-based learning
- "Real-world" design project development and implementation
My major goal at Tech is to adapt my teaching and administrative experience to the challenges
brought by its first year students in the expansion of student learning, while introducing them
to the engineering profession in ways that tangibly show them that they have made a great
choice for their career. The relevance of engineering knowledge to everyday life is a particular
concern and emphasis in my teaching, coupled with effective and meaningful communication
skills, reflective learning, and critical thinking development and practice. The instructional and
academic sides of our department should continue to recognize and implement the fact that
each can contribute to the success of the other by collaborating in course improvement
through informed research and scholarship, combining rigor with reality.
Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, #32209
I joined the Engineering Education faculty in 2015 as an Associate Professor of Practice, with
emphasis on the first year program. I teach ENGE 1215 and ENGE 1216, and I'm also involved in
the development of a combined 1215/1216 course for transfer students, as well as producing a
textbook for use in the first year courses. Prior to Virginia Tech, I taught in the Design
Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence (Design EPICS) program at the Colorado
School of Mines (CSM) from 2002 to 2015, and served as its director from 2009 to 2014. While
at CSM, I was promoted from adjunct professor (2002-2008) to Teaching Associate Professor
(2008-2105) and Teaching Professor (2015). I am also a Registered Professional Engineer in
The family photo that you see above contains our four daughters and three sons-in- law, along with my husband, Professor Chester Van Tyne of the Colorado School of Mines. Among all of us, we hold one associate's, 12 bachelor's, 6 master's , 5 PhD's and one LLD degree. We also live in Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois and Spain.
Summer 2011: N. Van Tyne, C. Van Tyne and K. Van Tyne, "Gender Differences in Individual and Teammate Performance Evaluations by Students on Engineering Design Teams." Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 24-28, 2011.
Summer 2012: N. Van Tyne, J. Wong, K. Godel-Gengenbach and K. Van Tyne, "Service Learning from Start to Finish: Building a First-Year Playground Design in South Africa." Proceedings of the 2012 First Year Engineering Experiences Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, August 10-12, 2012.
Summer 2013: N. Van Tyne, R. Knecht and K. Van Tyne, "It's a Balancing Act: The Influence of Non-Self- Selected Project Team Formation on Team Satisfaction in a First-Year Engineering Design Course." Proceedings of the 2013 First Year Engineering Experiences Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, August 8-9, 2013.
Summer 2014: N. Van Tyne and M. Brunhart-Lupo, "Ethics for the "Me" Generation- How "Millennial" Engineering Students View Ethical Responsibility in the Engineering Profession." Proceedings of the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18, 2014.
Summer 2014: N. Van Tyne and J. Wong, "Make Learning More Real: An Introduction to Reflective Learning in a First-Year Engineering Design Course," in Proceedings of the 2014 First Year Engineering Experiences Conference, College Station, TX, August 7-8, 2014.