On April 1, 2016, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation in submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation consisted of three different studies related to experiential learning.
At the 2016 SWE Region H conference, I presented at two different sessions. The first session was about effectively using social media for SWE sections. The tips in my presentation (embedded below) were based on my experience managing social media for three SWE communities (East Central Iowa section, GradSWE at Illinois committee, and the Women in Academia committee), plus guidance provided by SWE HQ through webinars and guides. In the second session was about selecting an advisor in Graduate School. I was one of four panelists with a variety of experiences with advisors in graduate school.
At the 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education conference, I presented the preliminary analysis of the quantitative data we collected about a laboratory kit during the 2014-2015 school year. During both semesters, half of the GE 320 laboratory sections used our new kit (treatment) and the other half used the existing equipment (baseline). In this preliminary analysis, we determined that we could not detect a difference in performance on exams between the treatment and baseline groups. The full paper can be found on the IEEE Explore website.
At the 2015 American Society of Engineering Management International Annual Conference, I presented a paper I wrote about my experience as a project manager in a service-learning course. Even after several years in project leadership roles in the aerospace industry, I found it to be a valuable experience. Many of my fellow project managers found it to be a great learning experience as well.