Research

Engineering education research

I have recently started presenting papers in the Engineering Education field and plan to pursue this area with more rigor as my career at Rowan University progresses. I have been a co-author on several conference proceedings presented at the American Society of Engineering Education’s annual conference since 2014.

For the most part these papers focus on improving learning outcomes for Freshman Engineers. My coauthors and I have explored the use of online practice problems and teaching using a hybrid / flipped model. We have also tried to understand how instructor guidance of teaming affects team performance and described a first year project based on the Consumer Reports testing paradigm to teach students about many important aspects of engineering. I also co-authored a paper with at student about a wave energy converter project we developed to teach Sophomore engineers about design.

Air Quality research

My research interests involve developing and characterizing air pollution control technologies that could act as more sustainable alternatives to traditional control technologies like thermal oxidation. A push towards sustainability has led many industries to examine their waste-disposal practices and investigate opportunities for recycling and reuse; I see the convergence of air pollution control and sustainability as ripe with opportunities for meaningful research contributions.

My doctoral research was under the guidance of Prof. Mark J. Rood is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and involved implementing and testing a novel air pollution control technology for organic gases that allows the captured organic gases to be recovered as liquids so that they can be recycled. The technology uses adsorption on activated carbon fiber cloth coupled with electrothermal desorption and post-desorption liquefaction. This research has been published in Environmental Science & Technology in 2010 and 2013 and presented at many conferences, including at the Air & Waste Management Association’s annual conferences in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The technology was also featured on the Department of CEE website.

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