Many current or former group members had a great time attending the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus OH at the end of June. Two FREE alumni gave papers:
Exploring Engineering Identity in a Common Introduction to Engineering Course to Improve Retention [view paper] Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff (University of Alaska Anchorage) and Dr. Matthew Calhoun (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Characterizing Students’ Micro-Iterations Strategies through Data-Logged Design Actions [view paper]Dr. Corey T. Schimpf (The Concord Consortium) and Dr. Charles Xie (The Concord Consortium)
In addition, Alice got some time in front of the camera in preparation – the School of Engineering Education produced a short video about the work we do at Purdue, and it was broadcast across the conference and into every conference hotel room! Check it out for yourself. Alice’s part starts at 3:22 minutes in.
Lindsey Nelson has taken the awesome step of starting a new business called Opportunity Unlocked, which is an online resource that provides a weekly magazine (Everyday Curiosity), and short courses for kids (2-7 and 8-14) to explore inventing, engineering, and physics. Lindsey graduated from our program with an M.S in engineering education in fall 2014. Congratulations, Lindsey!
I am so pleased to share that Canek Phillips has successfully defended and deposited his dissertation! His work is titled, “Race, class and gender in engineering education: A quantitative investigation of First Year enrollment.” Thank you to his committee, Drs. Brent Jesiek, Stephanie Zywicki (Curriculum & Instruction), and Kevin Stainback (Sociology)) and his co-chair Dr. Matt Ohland. Congratulations, Dr. Phillips!
I am so pleased to share that both Corey and Michele have successfully defended their dissertations this summer.
Dr. Corey Schimpf’s dissertation is titled, “Exploring the Scaffolding Early Engineers’ Design Learning with a Videogame: Influence of Minecraft as a Platform for Design Ideation.” Corey is on the lookout for jobs in industry particularly related to game-based learning. Thank you to his committee: Drs. Alejandra Magana (Computer and Information Technology and ENE courtesy), Monica Cardella, Brent Jesiek, and Brian Castellani (Kent State)!
Dr. Michele Yatchemeneff’s dissertation is titled: “A Qualitative Study of Motivation in Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) Precollege Students.” Michele is starting as a tenure-track faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall. She will be one of the first 2 Alaska Native faculty members in the college, and the other is a colleague also starting this fall. She will join only 4 other Alaska Native faculty members in the university as a whole, to make 6 total. Thanks to her committee: Drs. Allison Godwin, Monica Cardella, and Linda Lazzell (Vice Chancellor Emerita for Student Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage).
Marisol has successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Culturally Responsive Engineering Education: A Case Study of a Pre-College Introductory Engineering Course at Tibetan Children’s Village School of Selakui.” Congratulations Dr. Santiago! We are so proud of you!
Our post-doc Kacey has a new publication in Studies in Higher Education called: ‘Different people have different priorities’: work-family balance, gender and the discourse of choice. You can check it out here! Congrats, Kacey!
RIFE member Marisol recently had her book chapter titled What Can Buddhism Offer to a Socially Just Engineering Education? in Engineering Education for Social Justice: Critical Explorations and Opportunities. You can view Marisol’s chapter here: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-94-007-6350-0/page/1 Awesome, Marisol!
The news about this years round of tenure applications has arrived and Alice Pawley, the founder of Research in Feminist Engineering was promoted to Associate Professor! Additionally, two other Assistant Professors were promoted to Associate Professors in Engineering Education at Purdue University: Monica Cardella and Johannes Strobel! And Heidi Deifes-Dux and Bill Oakes were promoted to Full Professorship! Congratulations to everyone! Click here for more.
RIFE member Marisol Mercado Santiago recently returned from her trip to India where she taught an engineering course to Tibetan children, ranging from 6th to 12th grade. Marisol designed the course based on the children’s culture and circumstances living as exiles in India. For more on this exciting work, click here!
Keeping things active Kacey also has a new publication in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Magazine titled Negotiating an Offer: What Graduate Students and Mentors Can Learn from Others’ Experience. You can check it out online here!