The Department of Engineering Education has a unique role of preparing first-year and transfer students for matriculation into engineering disicplines and doctoral students for careers focused on improving how engineering is taught and learned. Throught innovative course offerings and degree programs, our students are inspired to pursue their interests while achieving their goals. The department actively promotes a culture of positive advising and faculty menoring to support student development, advancement, and success.
Our Graduate Program
Our graduate program emphasizes an ongoing dialogue between research and practice and a commitment to continuous curriculum enhancement. Many of our graduate students share their knowledge and gain professional experience by teaching and coordinating classes in our undergraduate program. Others engage in assessment projects and learn to apply their knowledge in non-university contexts.
Our Ph.D. program is ideal for students who are drawn to research as a means to become leaders in engineering education.
Our Undergraduate Program
Our undergraduate program provides an innovative learning environment that serves all first-year and transfer engineering students. The program embraces a hands-on, minds-on approach, which leverages the latest advances in educational technologies to fully engage students in the learning experience.
To reach our learning goals, students are immersed in creative environments that allow them to discover and practice engineering problem-solving in a variety of contexts.
We would like to welcome Dr. Cherie Edwards to the Department as a Postdoctoral Associate. Cherie received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a Master’s degree in Conflict and Peace studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). In May of 2017 she received her doctoral degree in Educational Research and Evaluation from Virginia Tech. Cherie’s dissertation research was a mixed-methods approach to arts-informed research, examining the acculturation strategies of immigrant and refugee youth attending after-school programs. While she has various research interests, she is most interested in examining innovative approaches to research and analysis as well as issues impacting the social and educational experiences of at-risk and underrepresented youth communities.
We would like to welcome Dr. Lisa Moyer to the Department as a Postdoctoral Associate. Lisa received her PhD from Virginia Tech in Integrative STEM Education and stayed with the department for a year as a Postdoctoral Associate. In her role as an educational consultant, her recent projects have included building professional development protocol for NASA's Out of School Learning Network, developing a master's degree program in Community Based Education and Leadership for Stevenson University, and helping Radford City Schools transition to more innovative teaching and learning practices. Lisa taught in public schools (gifted education, elementary and middle) for 17 years. An avid trail runner, she also co-owns a small outdoor adventure business.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $2.9M NRT grant to Dr. Robert Weiss, Dr. Marie Paretti, and a team of interdisciplinary faculty.
Their project is entitled: Disaster Resilience and Risk Management (DRRM) - Creating quantitative decision making frameworks for multi-dimensional and multi-scale analysis of hazard impact.
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Dr. Richard Goff and his Virginia Tech Motorcycle Eco Challenge (VTMEC) team finished First Place with their Electric Vehicle at the AMA Vintage Days Conference and took Second Place overall in the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge!
We are happy to announce that Holly Larson Lesko has accepted the position of Program Director for the three-year NSF-funded project entitled “Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth.”
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $199,920 grant to Dr. Diana Bairaktarova as PI and CoPI, Dr. Scott Huxtable (ME). Their project is titled: Collaborative Research: vObjects - Understanding their Utility to Enhance Learning of Abstract and Complex Engineering Concepts. goo.gl/O42tWy
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,077,034.00 grant to Dr. Jake Grohs as PI and CoPIs, Dr. Holly Matusovich, Dr. Liesl Baum (ICAT & EngE Affiliate Faculty), Dr. Gary Kirk (VT Engage), and Dr. Cheryl Carrico as a Research Associate. Their project is titled: Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward…
This grant includes a full-time Senior Project Associate that the team is currently searching to hire. https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/76463
Virginia Tech First Year Engineering students in the Foundations of Engineering II design course took to the skies as they flight tested their original designs for functional prototypes of a real world vehicle concept that would deliver medical supplies to people in remote locations. The flight test was part of a three month project to develop the student's engineering design skills. Over 125 design teams participated in the three day event on the Virginia Tech campus.
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