Celebrating our Graduate Students
This academic year, we celebrated the completion of Ph.D. journeys of six graduate students, four of whom virtually defended their dissertations to record numbers of 60 or more attendees from across the United States and the world - loved ones, friends, and fellow scholars! It is also with pride that we share the outstanding accomplishments of these graduate students.
Dr. David Reeping (third from left) defended on October 30, 2019, and is the Department Awardee for Outstanding Dissertation for Academic Year 2019-20. He joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Postdoctoral Associate in January 2020. David was advised by Dr. David Knight.
Dr. Ashley Taylor (second from left) defended on December 11, 2019, and was recognized by both the Engineering Education Department and the College of Engineering as Outstanding Doctoral Student. She currently serves as Director of Education at Rice University's Institute for Global Health. Ashley was advised by Dr. Walter Lee.
Dr. Elizabeth Spingola defended on March 20, 2020, the first to do so virtually. Liz is was the recipient of the 2019 Sally Bohland Award for Exceptional Leadership and Innovative Service in Access and Inclusion, the 2019 Mara H. Wasburn Early Engineering Educator Grant from the Women in Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, and was inducted into the Edward Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. She has accepted a position with IBM, working as a data solutions consultant in the federal sector. Liz was advised by Dr. David Knight.
Dr. Kirsten Davis defended on April 10, 2020. Kirsten was the recipient of the 2019 Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education, and recognized by both the Engineering Education Department and Virginia Tech Graduate School as Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant category, for Academic Year 2019-20. She will be an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University starting Fall 2020. Kirsten was advised by Dr. David Knight.
Dr. Desen Ozkan defended on May 13, 2020, and was recognized by the Engineering Education Department as Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record category. She will be joining the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction at Tufts University as a postdoctoral researcher. Desen was advised by Dr. Diana Bairaktarova.