Rebecca Marie (Johnson) Reck is a systems engineer.  She is a Teaching Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She teaches biomedical instrumentation (BIOE414), biomedical instrumentation lab (BIOE415), and signals and systems (BIOE205).  Her areas of research include experiential learning, undergraduate instructional laboratories, and inclusive pedagogy.  She is an active volunteer in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry out of electrical and recycled parts, taking photographs outside, and walking competitively. 

From 2016-2020, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University.  She earned a Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016.  Previously she worked as a systems engineer in the Systems and Software group in the Flight Control Systems Department at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace).  She has completed a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 

  • Applying Project Management Techniques in Academia +

    Applying Project Management Techniques in Academia At WE20, I shared how lessons I learned as a project engineer applied to managing grants and research in academia.  Read More
  • Crush Your Academic Job Search +

    Crush Your Academic Job Search At WE20, Yanfen Li, Nicole Jackson, and I created an on-demand session with answers to frequent questions about an academic Read More
  • Outstanding SWE Counselor Award at WE20 +

    Outstanding SWE Counselor Award at WE20 This year at WE20, I was recognized as an Outstanding SWE Counselor. I am grateful for the SWE members in Read More
  • Example Flipped Lecture Videos +

    As a follow up to my earlier blog post about creating videos quickly, I thought I would share a few Read More
  • Creating Video Lectures Quickly +

    Microsoft Surface Pro, headset, and stylus Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many faculty have been asked to move their courses online with very short notice.  Last Read More
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Affordable and Portable Laboratory Kit for an Introductory Control Systems Course +

    DC Motor laboratory kit with 3D printed parts and a Raspberry Pi The final results of my dissertation research about affordable and portable laboratory kits were published in Advances in Engineering Education in Read More
  • Strategies for Applying for a Job in Academia +

    At WE19 I collaborated with Yanfen Li and Nicole Jackson to facilitate a flipped session on applying for academic jobs.  Read More
  • Designing a Student Video Presentation Assignment: Considerations for Minimizing Stress +

    Research poster with data from a paper about logistics of a video assignment In 2018, I switched from live in-class presentations of project results to video-recorded presentations.  I surveyed the students about their Read More
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