Congratulations to Michele and Corey!

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).

Congratulations both of you!

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Michele presents at ANSEP 2015 Celebration

DSC_0021I got to take a quick trip to Alaska to see Michele present at the annual celebration and banquet of ANSEP, the Alaska Natives in Science and Engineering Program.  This is ANSEP’s 20th anniversary, too!  Michele did a fantastic job presenting to all 1200+ folks, and gave me a great tour of her neck of the state.  Thanks, Michele!

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Congratulations to Marisol!

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!

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Kacey publishes a new article in Social Studies of Science

Our post-doc Kacey had an article accepted by the prestigious Social Studies of Science. The article is titled Methodology Discourses as Boundary Work in the Construction
of Engineering Education 
and will will be published in SSS in 2014.  Congrats Kacey!

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Corey publishes ADVANCE work in IJGST

Congratulations to Corey for leading our recent publication, “STEM Faculty and Parental Leave: Understanding an Institution’s Policy within a National Policy Context through Structuration Theory” in the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. Marisol started this paper back in 2010, and Dina, Jordana and I are coauthors. Congrats Corey, and everyone! You can check it out here

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American Society for Engineering Education 2013 Conference

Next week is the American Society for Engineering Education 2013 Conference.  RIFE members will have a number of presentations there:


7:00 AM to 8:30 AM Georgia World Congress Center, A304

Beyond SES: Individual Financial Status as a Predictor of Persistence for High-performing Undergraduate Engineering Students

—  James J. Pembridge, Kacey Beddoes

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM  Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Hazelnut

Assessing Student Design Work in Social Entrepreneurship Projects

–Lindsey Nelson


2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Georgia World Congress Center, A412

The Dynamics of Attracting Switchers: A Cross-Disciplinary Comparison

–Corey Schimpf, George Ricco, Matt Ohland

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Cottonwood A

Engaging Foucault to Better Understand Underrepresentation of Female STEM Faculty

–Kacey Beddoes, Corey Schimpf, Alice Pawley

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Dogwood A

“Learning from small numbers” of underrepresented students’ stories: Discussing a method to learn about institutional structure through narrative

–Alice Pawley

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Omni CNN Center Hotel, Omni – Walnut

Really Changing the Conversation: The Deficit Model and Public Understanding of Engineering

–Canek Phillips and Kacey Beddoes


7:00 AM to 8:30 AM Georgia World Congress Center, A309

Learning Strategies and Learning Traits Critical to Practicing Engineers after College

–Daniel Ferguson, James Cawthorne, Corey Schimpf, and Monica Cardella

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM Georgia World Congress Center, A301

Making the Most of Site Visits

–Lindsey Nelson

Please stop by any you’re interested in! See you there!

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Kacey has a new article in Studies in Higher Education

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!

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Marisol publishes book chapter in Engineering Education for Social Justice

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:  Awesome, Marisol!

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Alice Pawley promoted to Associate Professor!

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.

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Introducing Engineering to Tibetan Children

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!

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