We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer “Jenni” Case, a leader in engineering education research, will be our new department head this falll! Jenni currently serves as professor in the department of chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She will begin her role as department head on August 10, 2017.
Jenni’s research has been recognized by the National Research Foundation of South Africa as a “leading international scholar in the field.” Jenni’s research focus is on improving the quality of student learning in tertiary science and engineering programs. Jenni joined the UCT community in 1996 and was promoted to professor in 2012. Previously, Jenni was employed by Herschel Senior School in Cape Town, South Africa. Jenni has held several leadership positions over the past years including Director of Undergraduate Studies for Chemical Engineering, Director of the Centre for Research in Engineering Education, Head of Curriculum Reform Project for Chemical Engineering, and as Assistant Dean for Academic Development, Faculty of Engineering, and the Built Environment for the university. Jenni has received numerous accolades, among them are: the meritorious book award from UTC in 2015, the National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award in 2013, member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, Distinguished Teacher’s award, and the President’s Award from the National Research Foundation.
PhD Candidate, John Morelock has won the Best Paper Award in the Industrial Engineering Division of ASEE this year. John's paper was titled, "Decision-Making, Information Seeking, and Compromise: A Simulation Game Activity in Global Industrial Management". His co-authors were Dr. Alejandro Salado and Mr. Arash Baghaei Lakeh, both from the Virginia Tech Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering. They each will be acknowledged at the ASEE Awards Banquet next month in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Lisa McNair was this year's recipient of the W.S. “Pete” White Award for Innovation in Engineering Education. The award is in honor of Pete White, a 1948 graduate of Virginia Tech, that was established by American Electric Power to encourage new interest in the teaching of engineering and to improve the learning process.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $298,599 grant to Dr. Jake Grohs as PI and CoPIs, Drs. David Knight & Scott Case, who is from BEAM. The project is titled: Investing in Instructors: Creating Intelligent Feedback Loops in Large Foundational Courses for Undergraduate Engineering.
Ben Lutz successfully defended his doctoral dissertation today titled, Into the Workplace: Exploring the Learning Experiences of Newcomer Engineers during the School-to-Work Transition.
Three of our PhD students, Karis Boyd-Sinkler, Sreyoshi Bhaduri, and Darren Maczka were recognized as part of the Graduate School's 2017 Diversity Scholars, as they presented their projects during a Diversity Spotlight program.
Dr. Jake Grohs for being awarded with the 2017 Charles and Joan Nunnally Outstanding Engineering Education Faculty Member Award. It was presented by Intermin Department Head, Dr. Donna Riley.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $257,205 grant to Dr. Liesl Baum as PI (ICAT, EngE Affiliate Faculty) and CoPIs: Dr. Jake Grohs, Dr. Marie Paretti, Marlena Lester (EngE) and Julee Farley and Phyllis Newbill (both from ICAT). The project is titled: Community Cultures: Broadening Participation By Understanding How Rural Communities Support Engineering as College Major Choice.
Jake Grohs has been accepted into the VT Engage Faculty Fellows program for 2017-2019. His project involves infusing community-engaged learning into certain sections of ENGE 1216.
Marlena McGlothlin Lester, Director of Advising, for receiving the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Award in the Advising Administrator category. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional advising abilities in a leadership role.
Sue Teel, executive assistant and office manager in the department of engineering education in the College of Engineering, has received the university’s 2017 President’s Award for Excellence.
Andrea M. Ogilvie successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled, Understanding Transfer Student Pathways to Engineering Degrees: A Multi-Institutional Study Based in Texas.
Drs. Walter Lee and David Knight on their new grant awarded by the National Science Foundation titled, EAGER: Student Support in STEM: Developing and validating a tool to assess the magnitude of college-level support provided to undergraduate students.
Glenda Young successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled, Preparing Students for Professional Work Environments Through University-Industry Partnerships: A Single Case Study of the Co-op Development Program.
Cass Groen successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled, Advancing from Outsider to Insider: A Grounded Theory of Professional Identity Negotiation.
Dr. Nicole Pitterson will join the Department of Engineering Education as an assistant professor Fall 2017. She is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University. Dr. Pitterson graduated from Purdue University December 2015 with a PhD in Engineering Education and holds other degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Illinois University (M.Sc.) and Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology, Jamaica (B.Sc.). In 2015, she was awarded the Purdue University School of Engineering Education Outstanding Student Service Award.
Sreyoshi Bhaduri, Darren Maczka and Michelle Soledad were selected by the VT Graduate School to become Fellows in the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence. Yousef Jalali and Ramon Benitez were selected as Members of the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence.
David Reeping was selected as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. David's project will look across the United States, at university staff that are tasked with sorting through transfer credits from courses carried into institutions by new and current students, particularly those admitted from community colleges. From the students' perspective, the intent may be to get ahead or to retake a class, but not all transfer credit is created equally. The proposal is split two ways to see the different dimensions of course articulation, both the process and its aftermath. On one side, the project seeks to understand the decision making process of articulating courses at different institutions. The second side looks at transfer credit in action; student course taking patterns across multiple disciplines of engineering will be studied through the lens of microeconomics and finance to examine the long term effects of student choice and curricular policies.
David is advised by Dr. David Knight