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Marisa Orr
Marisa Orr

Dr. Marisa K. Orr

United States

Assistant Professor
Clemson University

Marisa K. Orr is an Assistant Professor in Engineering and Science Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Certificate of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University and then spent two years as a postdoc in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interests include student persistence and pathways in engineering, gender equity, diversity, and academic policy. Dr. Orr is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award for her research entitled, “Empowering Students to be Adaptive Decision-Makers.”

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Bonnie Haferkamp
Bonnie Haferkamp

Dr. Bonnie Haferkamp

Senior Lecturer
Illinois Institute of Technology

Bonnie Haferkamp is a Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She serves on the Armour College of Engineering Distinctive Education Council and is the Director of Student Success for the college. In these roles, she is involved with developing and implementing curricular and co-curricular programs to enrich the educational experience across all areas of engineering. Prior to joining IIT, she worked for several major life sciences and technology companies as a chemical engineer applying artificial intelligence and mathematical models to biological systems, and in global market development roles.

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Leonid Tsybeskov
Leonid Tsybeskov

Prof. Leonid Tsybeskov

Professor
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Leonid Tsybeskov is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has joined NJIT as an Associate Professor in 2001. Prior to joining NJIT, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He received his Ph.D. degree (Applied Physics) in 1986 and MS degree (Physics) in 1978, both from Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine. He is author and co-author of more than 150 publications. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and German Academic Exchange Service.

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Guner Schirner
Guner Schirner

Prof. Gunar Schirner

Associate Professor
Northeastern University

Gunar Schirner is an Associate Professor at the Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He holds a Ph.D. degree (2008) and a M.S. degree (2005) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He graduated in computer engineering from the Berufsakademie Berlin, Germany, in 1998. Gunar Schirner also has 5 years of industry experience at Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) where he designed distributed embedded real-time software for telecommunication products. His research interests include the design of embedded computer systems; novel architectures for embedded vision; cyberphysical systems; system-level design and methodologies; hardware/software co-design.

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Eduardo Silva
Eduardo Silva

Dr. Eduardo A. Silva

Assistant Professor
University of California, Davis

Dr. Silva is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). He received his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal, 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering in 2008 (University of Porto & Harvard University). After the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Silva was awarded a Wyss Technology Development fellowship (Harvard University). He was also a lecturer and Instructor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009-2011). At the UC Davis, Dr. Silva teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Matthew Eckelman
Matthew Eckelman

Dr. Matthew Eckelman

Assistant Professor
Northeastern University

Matthew Eckelman is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with secondary appointments in Chemical Engineering and Public Policy. His research focuses on large-scale modeling of industrial resource use and emissions and subsequent impacts on the environment and public health. Dr. Eckelman was a co-recipient of the Laudise Prize in Industrial Ecology in 2013 and an NSF CAREER award in 2015. He holds a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Amherst College and a doctorate in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University.

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Amit Banerjee
Amit Banerjee

Dr. Amit Banerjee

Associate Professor
Penn State University-Harrisburg

Amit Banerjee is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Durgapur, India, an M.Des. in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark NJ. He was with the Evolutionary Computing Systems Laboratory in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests include design optimization, evolutionary algorithms, data mining, machine learning and robotics.

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Amber Kemppainen
Amber Kemppainen

Ms Amber Kemppainen

United States

Senior Lecturer
Michigan Technological University

Amber Kemppainen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University. She is interested in how students learn within an online course management system. She has been active in course development and the implementation of web-based tools and blended learning content into her courses throughout the department.

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Waheed Bajwa
Waheed Bajwa

Prof. Waheed U. Bajwa

Assistant Professor
Rutgers University--New Brunswick

Waheed U. Bajwa received PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University from 2009 to 2010, and a Research Scientist at Duke University from 2010 to 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. He received the Morgridge Distinguished Graduate Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2014, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015. His research interests include harmonic analysis, statistics, machine learning, and signal processing.

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Amber Genau
Amber Genau

Dr. Amber Genau

Assistant Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Amber Genau is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her BS and MS from Iowa State University and PhD from Northwestern University, all in materials engineering. Before coming to UAB, Dr. Genau spent two years as a guest scientist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. Her research interests revolve around metal solidification and microstructural characterization. She is particularly interested in broadening participation in engineering and providing international experiences and perspectives to undergraduate students.

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Calvin Stewart
Calvin Stewart

Dr. Calvin M. Stewart

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. He obtained a BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida in 2008, 2009, and 2013 respectively. Dr. Stewart is the director of the Materials at Extremes Research Group (MERG) that focuses on experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches to multiaxial multiscale high temperature phenomena. Since arriving at UTEP in 2014 he has been part of a blended learning initiative to bring innovative teaching methods to the engineering curriculum.

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Rachel McCord
Rachel McCord

Dr. Rachel McCord

Lecturer
The University of Tennessee

Dr. Rachel McCord is a Lecturer in the Engineering Fundamentals Division at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UTK and her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Dr. McCord teaches engineering phsyics to approximately 750 students each semester. She also teaches the only academic student success course devoted specifically to engineering students on the UTK campus. Her research interests include the development of self-regulatory and metacognitive skills in engineering students and how these skills impact performance and retention.

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