P.K. Imbrie, PhD

Dr. Imbrie


Biography

Dr. PK Imbrie comes to us from Texas A&M University where he was an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution.  Imbrie brings his expertise in engineering education having also served as the director of undergraduate education and interim director of undergraduate engineering education and innovation at Texas A&M. Imbrie holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M.

In 2000, Imbrie joined the Freshman Engineering Department faculty (later called First-Year Engineering)  at Purdue University, where he participated in the creation and implementation of the first-of-its kind School of Engineering Education.  He co-led the creation of the program’s Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory, a design-oriented facility that engages students in team-based, socially relevant projects.

Prior to leaving Purdue to return to Texas A&M in 2012, he served as the Director of the College of Engineering Honors Program. Directly building on the enhancements to the first-year experience, he led the College program toward an enabling environment that attracts and retains the highly motivated and academically successful student with a broader and more enriched educational experience promoting scholastic achievement, breadth of knowledge, global awareness, and leadership development.

At Texas A&M, he held the rank of Associate Professor and served as the Director of Undergraduate Engineering Education and most recently the Interim Director of the Institute of Engineering Education and Innovation. He helped vision and design the Zachry Engineering Education Complex; a renovation and expansion of a state-of-the-art undergraduate engineering education facility that was approximately 280,000 GSF and will be 550,000 GSF, making it the largest academic building in the state of Texas at the time of completion. The overall facility represents a significant departure from traditional educational facilities.

Throughout his academic career, Imbrie has built a strong record of research, teaching, and service in the fields of engineering education and aerospace engineering.  Imbrie conducts both traditional as well as educational research in experimental mechanics, piezospectroscopic techniques and is a strong advocate for using research-based approaches to inform engineering education practice, curricular reform and student retention; conducting cyber-enabled research on student success, in contexts including modeling, assessment, team effectiveness, conceptual understanding, and global competencies. Imbrie was the recipient of the 2015 William Elgin Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education for his work (and colleagues) using modeling to determine and change admissions bias to engineering.

Imbrie has published extensively in the area of engineering education in journal and conference papers.  He helped establish the scholarly foundation for engineering education as an academic discipline through lead-authorship of the landmark 2006 JEE special reports “The National Engineering Education Research Colloquies” and “The Research Agenda for the New Discipline of Engineering Education.” He has also published in the area of aerospace engineering.  His sponsored research grants as a PI or co-PI total in excess of $9.1 million from government and industry.


Research Interests

  • Traditional as well as educational research in experimental mechanics, piezospectroscopic techniques, epistemologies, assessment, & modeling of student learning, student success, student team effectiveness, & global competencies


Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 2013-2016
Interim Director, Institute of Engineering Education an Innovation, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 2015-2016
Director, Undergraduate Engineering Education,Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 2013-2014
Director of Honors College Assessment and Member of Honors College Formation Team, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2011-2012
Director, College of Engineering Honors Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2010-2012
Associate Professor, School of Engineering Education and by courtesy School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2006-2012
Director, First-Year Engineering Honors Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2001-2010
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Education and by courtesy School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering (The School of Engineering Education was formerly known as Freshman Engineering), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2000-2006
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1990-1996
Lecturer, Aerospace Engineering,Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1984-1999
Research Engineering Associate, Low-Speed Wind Tunnel, Texas Engineering Experiment Station,Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1982-1984
Aerospace Engineer, Air Logistics Center, Kelly Air Force Base, MMSRE, San Antonio, TX 1980


Honors and Awards

William Elgin Wickenden Award, ASEE 2015
Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM) Best Paper Award, ASEE 2014
Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow 2009-2010
College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Team Award, First-Year Engineering Honors Program, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2005
Purdue University Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2005
Department of Engineering Education Best Teacher Award, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2005
Institute for Scholarship on Engineering Education (ISEE) Scholar 2004
National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI) Fellow 2002
U.S. Department of Education – Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1997-1999
McDonald Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award,Texas A&M University, College Station, TX   1989


Refereed Journal Publications
(For complete listing, please see Dr. Imbrie's CV below)

  1. “JEE Selects: The Ultimate Diversity App: To change the face of engineering, change admissions policies.” briefing based on “Research Informed Policy Change: A Retrospective on Engineering Admissions”, Prism, September 2014, p. 45. Only one research article is chosen from each volume to appear in the JEE Selects section of Prism
  2. JIN, Q., PURZER, S., and IMBRIE, P.K. (2013). “Enthusiasts or Informed: Who Chooses Materials Science and Engineering,” Journal of Materials Education, 35, 1-2, 17-30.
  3. HOLLOWAY, E., IMBRIE, P.K., REED-RHOADS, T. and REID (2013), K., “Research Informed Policy Change: A Retrospective on Engineering Admissions”, Journal of Engineering Education Special Issue on Change Culture.
    *Recipient of the William Elgin Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education recognizes an article that represents the highest standards of scholarly research in engineering education among the articles published in the Journal of Engineering Education in each volume year. This article was selected by the Editorial Board of the Journal from the articles published in 2014.
  4. DIAZ, R., JANSZ, M., MOSSADDAD, M., RAGHAVAN, S., OKASINSKI, J., ALMER, J., PALAEZ-PEREZ, H., and IMBRIE, P.K. (2012). “Role of Mechanical Loads in Inducing In-Cycle Tensile Stress in the Thermally Grown Oxide of Thermal Barrier Coatings,” Applied Physics Letters, 100, 111906.
  5. IMMEKUS, J., and IMBRIE, P.K. (2010) “A test and Cross-Validation of the Factor Structure of the Revised Two-Factor Study Process Questionnaire among Western University Students". Educational and Psychological Measurement, 70, 496-510.
  6. IMBRIE, P.K., and RAGHAVAN, S. (2010) “High Resolution Stress Mapping of Polycrystalline Alumina Compression using Synchrotron Radiation,” Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 43, 923-929.
  7. REED-RHOADS, T., IMBRIE, P.K., HAGHIGHI, K., RADCLIFFE, D., BROPHY, S., OHLAND, M., and HOLLOWAY, E., (2010) “Creating the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory: A First-Year Experience Based on Research”. International Journal of Engineering Education, 26(5), 1083-1096.
  8. IMMEKUS, J., and IMBRIE, P.K. (2010) “A Test and Cross-Validation of the Revised Two-Factor Study Process Questionnaire Factor Structure among Western University Students,” Educational and Psychological Measurement, 70(3), 495-510.
  9. RAGHAVAN, S. and IMBRIE, P.K. (2009) “Ex-Situ Stress Measurements in Polycrystalline Ceramics Using Photostimulated Luminescence Spectroscopy and High Energy X-Rays” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 92, June, 1567-1573.
  10. IMMEKUS, J. and IMBRIE, P.K. (2008) “Dimensionality Assessment using the Full-Information Item Bifactor Analysis for Graded Response Data: An Illustration with the State Metacognitive Inventory,” Educational and Psychological Measurement, 68(4), August, 695-709.


Author

  • SMITH, K.A. and IMBRIE, P.K. 2007. Teamwork and Project Management. 3rd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. BEST Series.


Papers in Proceedings Volumes and Edited Books (For complete listing, please see Dr. Imbrie's CV below)

  1. YOON, S. Y., IMBRIE, P. K., and REED, T. (2015). “Roles of the Sophomore Common Courses in Engineering on Students’ Success,” Proceedings of the 1st Mid Years Engineering Experience (MYEE) Conference, College Station, Texas, USA.
  2. CORTEZ, M., REED, T., IMBRIE, P.K., MCMULLEN, S., and PEREZ, J. (2015). “Expanding the Education Pathway to Undergraduate Engineering through Strategic Two-year and Four-year Institution Partnerships,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2015, Seattle, Washington.
  3. YOON, S. Y., CORTEZ, M., REED, T., and IMBRIE, P.K., (2015). “What Makes First-time Transfer Students Different from First-time-in-College Students,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2015, Seattle, Washington.
  4. YOON, S. Y., IMBRIE, P. K., and REED, T. (2014). “First year mathematics course credits and graduation status in engineering,” Proceedings of the Sixth Annual First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference, College Station, Texas, USA, 5 pages. doi: 10.13140/2.1.4379.6486.
  5. YOON, S. Y., IMBRIE, P. K., LIN, J.-J., and REID, K. (2014). “Validation of the Student Attitudinal Success Inventory II for engineering students,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 14 pages.
    *Recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM) Best Paper Award. The award is given to best paper in division at the annual conference.
  6. PELAEZ-PEREZ, H. and IMBRIE, P.K. (2012), “A Methodology for data analysis of Vibronic Bands of Al2O3Cr3+ obtained with Photo-Stimulated Luminescence Spectroscopy,” Proceedings of the 49th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Atlanta, Georgia.
  7. JIN, Q., IMBRIE, P.K., and LIN, J. (2012), ‘Models of Engineering Students’ First-Year Retention and GPA,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
  8. LIN, J., IMBRIE, P.K. and REED-RHOADS, T. (2012), “Modeling Student Success of International Undergraduate Engineers,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
  9. PELAEZ-PEREZ, H. and IMBRIE, P.K. (2011), “Temperature Dependence of the Vibronic Band Peak Location for 3-D stress Measurements using Photo-Stimulated Luminescence Spectroscopy,” Proceedings of the 49th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Evanston, Illinois.
  10. JIN, Q., IMBRIE, P.K., & LIN, J. (2011), “A Multi-Outcome Hybrid Model for Predicting Student Success in Engineering,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, 2011, Vancouver, Canada.


Funded Research Projects (For complete listing, please see Dr. Imbrie's CV below)

  1. National Science Foundation, Dear Colleague Letter Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), “MYEE Pre-Conference on Retention and Transition”, $49,329, PI, Teri Reed, Co-PI: P.K. Imbrie, 20% participation Amber Muenzenberger, Kristi Shryock, and Cindy Lawley. 2016.
  2. China University of Petroleum, Engineering Administrators Workshop, “Evidence-Based Engineering Education Administration: Implementing 21st Century Education for 21st Century Engineers”, China University of Petroleum Vice Dean Administrators training, $42,000, PI: Teri Reed, Co-PI: P.K. Imbrie, 33% participation, and J. Strobel, 2014.
  3. National Science Foundation, “NUE: Improvement of Nanoscale Device Education via Theory, Experimental Design, and Characterization,” $200,000, PI: Michael Harris, Co-PI: P.K. Imbrie, 20% participation, Bryan Boudouris, Yue Wu, and Pedro Irazoqui, 2012-2014.
  4. Purdue University: University of Queensland-Purdue University Early Career Researchers, Grant supporting four graduate students to do joint research between Purdue and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, $9,600, PI: P.K. Imbrie, Co-PI: Teri Reed-Rhoads, 2012.
  5. Purdue University: Program for Instructional Innovation, “The i2i Learning Laboratory: Updating Computer Hardware,” $50,000, PI: P.K. Imbrie, Co-PI: Eric Holloway, 2011.
  6. National Science Foundation, “Building a Theoretical Framework for Defining Outcome-Based Global Engineering Competencies,” $200,000, PI: P.K. Imbrie, Co-PIs: Mohtar, R., Ciftci, A., 2011-2013.
  7. National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: "Development and Testing of a Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering Concept Inventory", $200,000 ($22,797 to Purdue). PI: Sukalyan Sengupta, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Co-PI: Goel Ramesh, University of Utah, Sarina J. Ergas, University of South Florida, Purdue PI: Teri Reed-Rhoads, Co-PI: P.K. Imbrie, 90% participation, 2011-2013.
  8. Purdue University: Program for Instructional Equipment, “Using Innovative Technologies: Rapid prototyping can turn innovative ideas into physical reality,” $25,000, PI: P.K. Imbrie, Co-PI: Eric Holloway, 2010.
  9. National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: “ciHUB, a virtual Community to Support Research, Development, and Dissemination of Concept Inventories,” $2,000,000 (specific amount to Purdue, $1,064,603), PI: Teri Reed-Rhoads, Co-PI: P.K. Imbrie, 50% participation, Johannes Strobel, Jeff Froyd, Paul Steif, Barb Moskal and Jim Pellegrino, 2009-2012.
  10. Purdue University: Program for Instructional Equipment, “Experimentation, Discovery and Systems Operation in the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory: Using Innovative Technologies,” $45,000, PI: P.K. Imbrie, Co-PIs: Teri Reed-Rhoads, Sean Brophy and Kamyar Haghighi, 2009.


Invited Seminars (For complete listing, please see Dr. Imbrie's CV below)

  1. “Changing an Educational Paradigm One Learning Space at a Time,” 5th Annual Science Facility Design Symposium, Lawrence, Kansas, July 23, 2015.
  2. “Future Proofing Your Learning Spaces: Renovating with Innovation in Mind,” Next Generation Learning Spaces. Nashville, Tennessee, February 25, 2015.
  3. “Utilizing Classroom Inversion Techniques in Large Sections,” 10th Annual Teaching with Technology Conference, College Station, Texas, February 26, 2014.
  4. “Innovation in Engineering Education,” PUC Rio and Texas A&M University Future of Engineering Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 10, 2013.
  5. “You Can’t Graduate Them If You Don’t Admit Them: Using Modeling Techniques to Inform Admissions Policy,” WEPAN Webinar with Reed-Rhoads, T. and Holloway, E., September 14, 2012.