About the Department

Welcome to Department of Engineering Education (DEE). The Department of Engineering Education (DEE) was formed on July 1, 2007 under College of Engineering and Applied Science. Formation of DEE was predicated on the realization that existing approaches to educating engineers might not be adequate for educating the engineers of the future. Thus, DEE's goal is to transform the way in which undergraduates are educated in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, particularly during the first two years which most significantly impact student retention. Its focus is on helping engineering students to be successful in their educational programs and in their engineering careers. DEE is specifically charged with developing innovative teaching and learning techniques, developing research opportunities for undergraduates, providing tutoring, mentoring, advising and other support services to undergraduate engineering students, coordinating the teaching of fundamental courses in engineering, coordinating the teaching of Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry to engineering students by the College of Arts and Sciences, and coordinating interactions between the College and industrial organizations that participate in the College of Engineering and Applied Science's internationally acclaimed, mandatory co-op program. At present, the Department of Engineering Education consists of ten full-time faculty members, Dr. PK Imbrie (Head of the Department), Dr. Gregory Bucks, Dr. Whitney Gaskins, Dr. Nora Honken, Dr. Jeff Kastner, Dr. Cedrick Kwuimy, Dr. Drew McAvoy, Dr. Kathleen Ossman, Dr. Rod Roseman, and Dr. Joni Torsella, as well as two affiliated faculty members, Dr. Vesselin Shanov and Dr. Ron Huston.

DEE is located in the new Alumni Engineering Learning Center that was constructed on the eighth floor of Rhodes Hall. The Learning Center provides state-of-the-art facilities for developing new teaching and learning techniques, for individual and group study, and for tutoring, advising, and mentoring undergraduates, especially first-year students. The Learning Center features state-of the-art wired classrooms, open study areas, mobile tables and chairs that can be arranged in various configurations, white boards, and an inviting café area as well as faculty offices. The Center provides an academic home for first year students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science who typically take several required courses outside the College, and, as a result, are frequently not engaged in the day-to-day operations of the College. The Learning Center will also enable beginning engineering and technology students to develop a sense of belonging to the College; this is especially important for students who live off campus. Construction of the Learning Center began in March 2011 and was completed in February 2013.