Executive Board for the Student Division 2018- 2019
Division Chair: Rohit Kandakatla
Rohit Kandakatla is currently a Ph.D. candidate in School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has his bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering from India. He currently serves as the Chair-elect of the ASEE Student Division as has been an active member of the international engineering education community while serving as the President of Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) and as the Vice-President of Student Engagement for the International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). His research interests include education policy, faculty development in higher education, integration of technology and entrepreneurship in engineering education, and service learning. For his dissertation, Rohit is evaluating how engineering faculty in India develop Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, a framework used to help instructors effectively integrate educational technology tools into their courses.
Program Chair: Wesley Odom
While studying engineering physics and mathematical physics at ORU, Wesley was roped into a research paper by one of his professors which ended up being presented at an ASEE conference. Although he originally intended to get his PhD in theoretical physics, his experiences at ASEE conferences and being involved with the Student Division, as well as his experiences in developing countries, influenced him a great deal. Inspired by the educational process and the need for more engineers globally, he is now working on his PhD in engineering education at Purdue, a far cry from theoretical physics. Wesley’s main research interests involve the human-technology interface in STEM education contexts, ethical reasoning in STEM practice, and engineering education in developing countries.
Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Gammon-Pitman
Robert has a bachelors and masters in chemical and biomolecular engineering and currently is a PhD student at The Ohio State University studying STEM education with a focus in engineering education. He is an engineering educator passionate about improving student learning through evidence-based practices. Increasing the student learning experience improves the quality of the program, which improves the quality of the engineers coming out, who can then go on to have a greater impact on society at large. Outside of his graduate studies Robert enjoys being active and trying new activities.
Co-Program Chair: Lauren Singelmann & Stephany Santos
Lauren Singelmann is a Masters student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University. Her research focus is in Engineering Education. She also works as the NDSU College of Engineering Outreach Coordinator and oversees all K-12 STEM Outreach programs put on by the college. She is especially interested in engineering educator professional development and training, discovery based learning, and complex adaptive systems.
Stephany Santos, currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering, is a recent recipient of
the 2017 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship administered by the National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her primary research focuses on experimental
characterization of cartilage tissues. She serves as a member of her institution’s IRB, as well as an advisor for UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors program, where she trains undergraduate students how to effectively present engineering topics and engage with K-12 students during STEM Outreach. She has developed courses to teach confidence and public speaking for engineers, advanced presentation skills, and effective research methods in Biomedical Engineering. Her engineering education related research interests include confidence and identity development, learning leadership , and exploring metacognition and the science of learning in underrepresented students.
Membership Chapter Chair: Jacquie Handley
Student Chapter Chair: Hoda Ehsan
Hoda Ehsan is a PhD student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests include diversifying engineering education and making it accessible to all children including those who are differently-abled. Mainly, she focuses on promoting engineering thinking and computational thinking in young children with special needs in informal learning environments.
Information Chair: Joanne Vakil
Joanne Vakil is a doctoral student in the STEM Education program at The Ohio State University. She holds a Masters in Mathematics for Educators from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts. Joanne’s research interests include the current status of Technology Education in Ohio, online asynchronous learning, APIDA novice STEM teacher identity, and informal science and technology settings.
Best Paper Committee Chair: Cyrus Rezvanifar
S. Cyrus Rezvanifar is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron. He has also served as a research assistant in Cleveland Clinic Akron General since 2016, where he conducts research on biomechanics of human knee joint and patellar instability. In 2016, he received a doctoral teaching fellowship from the College of Engineering at The University of Akron. Through this teaching program, he has served as an instructor for several undergraduate-level courses, and he has conducted educational research on the effect of various learning techniques on improving students’ self-efficacy and overall learning experience
Diversity Chair: Soundouss Sassi & Medha Dalal
Medha Dalal is a doctoral candidate in the Learning, Literacies and Technologies program at Arizona State University. She received her master’s degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University, New York. Her research interests include engineering education, interdisciplinary collaborations, online/blended learning, and pedagogy of technology integration.
Executive Board for the Student Division 2017- 2018
Division Chair: Danielle Grimes
Program Chair: Rohit Kandakatla
Secretary/Treasurer: Trevion Henderson
Co-Program Chairs: Jacquie Handley and Nicole Johnson
Membership Chair: Emily Miller
Student Chapter Chair: Nathan Hicks
Information Chair: Joanne Vakil
Best Paper Committee Chair: Marissa Tsugawa
Diversity Delegate Chair: Karis Boyd-Sinkler