MENTORS

Kacey Beddoes, PhD
Project Director, Dean’s Office and Research Foundation
San Jose State University College of Engineering

Kacey serves as Managing Editor of Engineering Studies, Deputy Editor of the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, and is Past Chair of the SEFI Working Group on Gender and Diversity. She holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, along with graduate certificates in Engineering Education and Women’s Studies. Her current research focuses on gender, interdisciplinarity, and mental wellness in engineering and engineering education. Further information about her work can be found at www.sociologyofengineering.org. 

Catherine G.P. Berdanier, PhD
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

Catherine G.P. Berdanier is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and is the Director of the World Campus (online) Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program at Penn State. She directs the Engineering Cognitive Research Laboratory (ECRL) at Penn State in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where her research interests include graduate-and postdoctoral-level engineering education; attrition and persistence mechanisms, metrics, policy, and amelioration; engineering writing and communication; cross-contextual design research; and methodological development for nontraditional data. Her work is funded through several NSF grants in the EEC and CMMI directorates, including RFE, IUSE, S-STEM, and CAREER. Her NSF CAREER award studies master’s-level departure from the engineering doctorate as a mechanism of attrition. Her work has been published across multiple venues in the engineering education and mechanical engineering research literature, including Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, and Journal of Mechanical Design. She is also an Assistant Editor for Journal of Engineering Education. Catherine earned her B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Dakota, her M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, and Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. 

Stephanie Cutler, PhD
Associate Research Professor
Assessment and Instructional Support Specialist
Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Stephanie Cutler has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. She is an Associate Research Professor and the Assessment and Instructional Support Specialist in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State. She holds an affiliate position in the Education Psychology Department at Penn State and specializes in faculty development and evaluation. Stephanie is recognized for her expertise in faculty development, boundary negotiation of the field of engineering education through peer review, and workshop development & facilitation. She is an emerging leader in engineering education, receiving the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Educational Research and Methods (ERM) division’s Apprentice Faulty Grant (2017) and was elected a Director for the division in 2019 and is currently serving as the ERM Vice-Chair of Programs from ASEE 2022. She served on the executive leadership team to establish the ASEE Faculty Development Division and developed their inaugural program in 2018 and has continued to further the program by serving as the division’s Program Chair for the 2019 and 2020 annual ASEE Conferences. Her primary research interests include faculty development, the peer review process, the doctoral experience, and the adoption of evidence-based teaching strategies. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading sci. fi. and fantasy books, kayaking, walking her dog, snuggling her dog, and playing video games. 

 

Courtney June Faber, PhD
Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals
University of Tennessee

Courtney is a Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals at the University of Tennessee. She conducts qualitative and mixed methods research studies to investigate epistemic matters, faculty agency, and researcher identity. Courtney has published her research in multiple engineering and science education journals including, Journal of Engineering Education, Studies in Engineering Education, Advances in Engineering Education, and Journal of Research in Science Teaching. She completed her Ph.D. in Engineering & Science Education at Clemson University. Prior to her Ph.D. work, she received her B.S. in Bioengineering at Clemson University and her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University.  

Karen High, PhD
Professor, Department of Engineering & Science Education
Clemson University

Dr. Karen High holds an academic appointment in the Engineering Science and Education Department (ESED) at Clemson University.  Prior to this Dr. Karen was at Oklahoma State University where she was a professor for 24 years in Chemical Engineering.  She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Michigan in 1985 and her M.S. in 1988 and Ph.D. in 1991 in chemical engineering both from Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Karen’s educational research emphasis includes faculty development and mentoring, graduate student development, critical thinking and communication skills, enhancing mathematical student success in Calculus (including Impact of COVID-19), and promoting women in STEM. Her technical research focuses on sustainable chemical process design, computer aided design, and multicriteria decision making. She also has extensive experience in K-12 STEM education and program evaluation and assessment.  She has held a variety of administrative positions: 1) Director of STEM Faculty Development Initiatives-Clemson, 2) Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences-Clemson, 3) Interim Director of Student Services-Oklahoma State University, 4) Coordinator of the Women in Engineering Program-Oklahoma State University, and 5) Director of the Oklahoma State University Measurement and Control Engineering Center-Oklahoma State University.   

Walter Lee, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Education
Director for Research in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
Virginia Tech

Dr. Walter Lee (he/him) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education and the Director for Research in the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, both at Virginia Tech. Dr. Lee is broadly interested in inclusion, diversity, and educational equity—particularly as it relates to students from groups that are historically underrepresented in engineering. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University, an M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. His career vision is to be a driving force in the national efforts to diversify engineering and ensure that institutions provide students with the necessary support to succeed regardless of their background. 

 

William Oakes, PhD
Director, EPICS Program
Purdue University

William (Bill) Oakes is the Director of the EPICS Program and a 150th Anniversary Professor and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He is a leader in community engagement, conducting more than 100 workshops, publishing articles and contributing to nine books including co-authoring the first text for engineering service-learning. He was the first engineer to receive the U.S. Campus Compact’s Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Educating, recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Chester Carlson Award for Excellence. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

John (Jongho) Park, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. John (Jongho) Park, is an assistant research professor at Penn State University and also currently serving as a consultant and visiting fellow for the United Nations University. He has educational psychology and engineering background and currently conducting several humanitarian engineering and sustainable development projects in Africa and Asia. Dr. Park’s scholarship is characterized by several interrelated areas of inquiry: engineering leadership development for sustainable development, environmental risk analysis and mitigation, global civic education, and humanitarian engineering.

Nicole Pitterson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Education
Virginia Tech

Dr. Nicole Pitterson is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University. Dr. Pitterson holds a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology, Jamaica. Her research interests include difficult concepts in engineering, increasing students’ conceptual understanding of complex concepts, curriculum design and promoting collaboration through using active learning strategies as well as exploring students’ disciplinary identities through engagement with knowledge. Dr. Pitterson aims to guide students in developing critical understanding of core engineering concepts that goes beyond rote memorization so that they can adapt to the changing demands of a global workforce.