3 Years Gone

Much has happened in the 3 (!!) years since I last wrote. Most notably, I received my PhD in August of 2016 and earned tenure in the 2017-2018 academic year! I am also transitioning to a new position as a tenured Assistant Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education (ExEEd) Department, which will be officially effective September 1, 2018, but has been practically effective for the last year.

I recently returned from the American Society for Engineering Education‘s 125th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, where I was able to reconnect with many colleagues. In particular, I enjoyed thinking about and discussing ways to improve the First-Year Programs Division‘s (FPD) offerings and talking with Academic Parents about their experiences and strategies for maintaining success and sanity. I also upped my service commitment to ASEE by taking on the role of Vice Chair Elect and Program Chair Elect for the FPD. I am grateful to have found my “professional home” in the FPD and look forward to working with the other officers over the next 4 years.

In a few weeks, I will be welcoming about 100 faculty and staff interested in the First-Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) to Rowan’s campus for the 10th Annual FYEE Conference! We have a great program planned with two keynote addresses from nationally recognized scholars and paper and workshop presentations from colleagues from across the country. I’m so excited to be able to showcase Rowan’s campus and the work we’ve done in Freshman Engineering Clinic!



Long time, no post

It turns out that having a tenure-track faculty job takes up a lot of time! I have been remiss in updating this newsfeed for quite some time.

Some bulleted updates:

  • I defended my doctoral dissertation in December 2014, so I am one small step from officially having my doctorate.
  • I have been awarded my 3rd and 4th year contracts for my job here at Rowan, so I will be here at least through June of 2017.
  • My classroom experience has expanded to include Freshman Engineering Clinic II and Mechanical Engineering Lab.
  • I have become highly involved at all levels of the University serving on a Faculty Senate Committee (University Scholarships), sitting on the board of the Faculty Center, and serving on my department’s three most recent search committees.

I’m loving every minute- I feel so grateful to have found my dream job!

Many changes!

I am excited to be starting a new position as a tenure track instructor of Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University! I will be teaching three classes: Freshman Clinic I, Sophomore Clinic, and Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer. I am looking forward to joining a great department whose faculty is committed to excellence in engineering education!

To accomodate this new job, my family and I have moved from Illinois to New Jersey! We are excited to be in Phillies and Eagles territory and closer to my extended family!

Summer Conferences

Summer 2013 will be another busy one for me. I will be presenting my work at the Air & Waste Management Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in June and at the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professor’s conference in July. I will also traveling to the American Society for Engineering Education annual conference as an attendee in June.

I’m looking forward to meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with old friends during my travels!

Air & Waste Managment Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition

I have just returned from the Air & Waste Management Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition where I presented a paper on some of my doctoral work (Characterization of Adsorption of Select Organic Gases on Activated Carbon Fiber Cloth). The paper was well received and the conference was quite enjoyable. It’s always nice to spend time away from the lab to catch up with colleagues and meet new ones.


Teaching Update and Reviews

It’s been a while since I last posted. Last semester was quite busy with teaching my first class and trying to get research done! I had a great time teaching CEE446: Air Quality Engineering and getting to know my 31 students. My favorite days in the classroom were the days full of interaction and problem solving, and I really hope to design future courses to maximize that sort of atmosphere.

I have just received my teaching evaluations and was thrilled to see that I have made it to the List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students put out by the Center for Teaching Excellence. My students also left some very helpful comments about how to make the course and my teaching better next time around. I am definitely looking forward to implementing their feedback the next time I teach.

2012 is now full steam ahead with getting the data I need to write my dissertation. Hopefully my experiments cooperate and I will have some nice results to publish in the near future!


I just returned from my first Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) conference, and it was a great experience!  The entire program from the Sunday workshops to the nightly social activities was beautifully executed, and the conference atmosphere was outgoing and friendly from the start.

I especially enjoyed meeting professors from all over the country and learning about the schools they work at and research they do.  It was also great to see some former U of I grad students who are now faculty members and chat with the newest member of the U of I faculty who will be coming to Champaign-Urbana in the fall!

I’m definitely looking forward to the next AEESP conference in 2013!