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Community Catalysts are a group of 20 faculty across the nation who help make the community a thriving place. Connect with them in the forums or in a card discussion, and feel free to reach out with your questions and feedback.
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University
Margot is Bucknell’s maker evangelist. She’s interested in how we can increase student engagement through active, collaborative, and problem-based learning approaches.
Nanotechnology Minor Program Chair, Florida Institute of Technology
Jim's Nanotechnology Minor program includes a Materials Characterization Lab and lecture courses. His research is in nanosensors and automating tissue engineering.
Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University
Brooke finds first-year engineering education particularly fulfilling as it allow her to help students find their identity as engineering students and sparks curiosity and creativity.
KEEN Leaders are the people driving and leading their school's KEEN initiative on campus. Meet three of our current KEEN Leaders, and get inspired by their innovative and transformative work!
Dean and Professor, Campbell University
Jenna is passionate about innovative engineering curricula. She drives a hands-on, project-based approach to engineering education that encourages collaboration & professional service.
Director of the Visioneering Center, University of Dayton
Ken Bloemer and his team transform engineering education through advanced pedagogies and entrepreneurially minded learning. He also conducts innovation workshops.
Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry, Lehigh University
Khanjan champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners come together to effect constructive and sustainable change.
KEEN Rising Stars
Each year, the Engineering Unleashed community nominates faculty who have gone above and beyond to help instill an entrepreneurial mindset in everyone they encounter. Three will go on to receive the KEEN Rising Star award for their institutions. Meet the 2020 Rising Stars:
Lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Cristi received the top award for the 2020 KEEN Rising Star. She has helped countless engineering students acquire entrepreneurially minded skills which they can use for the rest of their lives.
Associate Professor, Rowan University
Cheryl is a 2020 KEEN Rising Star. She helps faculty create unique experiential and entrepreneurial learning opportunities throughout the clinic-based engineering curriculum.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Coordinator, First Year Engineering Experience, Ohio Northern University
Blake is a 2020 KEEN Rising Star. He helps students look beyond easy answers, persist through false starts and failures, and make connections across multiple disciplines.
Engineering Unleashed 2020 Fellows
Twenty-nine faculty members from twenty-four institutions of higher education across the U.S. have been named the Engineering Unleashed 2020 Fellows. Meet three of the recipients who have participated in the Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development Program and are recognized for their contribution to entrepreneurial engineering:
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, Vanderbilt University
Julie works in the field of STEM educational research. Areas of focus include student retention and implementation of innovative pedagogy and technology.
Kenneth Van Treuren
Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University
After serving as USAF pilot in KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, Ken completed his D.Phil. in Engineering from Oxford University, UK. Ken has also served as a Community Catalyst.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Villanova University
Deeksha develops interactive robots that can teach integrated biology and engineering principles to K-12 students in classrooms and museums.
KEEN+ Ambassadors are members of KEEN Partner institutions who hold leadership roles in their professional societies at the regional or national level. They will serve as liaisons to their professional societies and promote the entrepreneurial mindset and KEEN to society members.
Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Jean's goal is to help to train and inspire the next generation of innovators. Professional Societies: SHPE, ACS, AIChE, AWMA.
Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Glenn's research aims to develop a treatment for heart and CV diseases. Professional Societies: AIMBE, NAI, BMES.
Associate Professor, Montana State University
Bill finds ways to make engineers better leaders and organizations better at change. Professional Societies: ASEM, ASEE, IISE, CEEA, AAEE.
ASEE Best Card Competition Winners
The American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) Best Card Competition runs in tandem with ASEE's Annual Conference. Presenters are eligible to enter the competition by submitting their materials on an Engineering Unleashed card, where a peer review process designates the winners. View the winning cards and connect with their authors!
Associate Dean, University of New Haven
Stephanie took first place for: "Prototyping via Makerspace Training in First-Year-Engineering," redesigning a course to add the benefits of learning in the makerspace.
Senior Lecturer, Arizona State University
Chao took second place for: "An Open Ended Design Project Promoting Autonomy in an Introduction to Engineering Course," supporting free choice and student autonomy.
Cheryl Bodnar & Elise Barrella
Assistant Professor, Rowan University & CEO and Founder, DfX Consulting LLC
Cheryl and Elise took third place for: "'Master' Entrepreneurial Mindset Concept Map," providing the Who, What, Why, and How for engineering education.