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).
Congratulations both of you!
I 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!
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 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!
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
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
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
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
Please stop by any you’re interested in! See you there!
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!