Education

Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering May 2016

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 

M.S. in Electrical Engineering August 2010

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 

  • Thesis: "Using an autothrottle to compare techniques for saving fuel on a regional jet aircraft"

B.S. in Electrical Engineering May 2005

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Graduated with cum laude honors, Eta Kappa Nu honor society
  • Minor in Mathematics

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Mechanical EngineeringJanuary 2016 - Present

Kettering University

  • Courses taught: Dynamic Systems II with Controls, Dynamic Systems I with Vibrations Laboratory, and First-Year Interdisciplinary Design Laboratory
  • Developed pre-lab assignments for Dynamic Systems II laboratories to increase student preparation for laboratory experiments
  • Implemented group assignment and peer-evaluation using CATME for the term project
  • Migrated quizzes and assignments to Blackboard and MathWorks' Cody Coursework with automatic grading to provide faster feedback to students

Teaching Assistant, Industrial and Enterprise Systems EngineeringMay 2015 - December 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Laboratory instructor for GE320: Introduction to Control Systems
  • Redesigned laboratory experiments to use a National Instruments myRIO and LabVIEW for control system implementation
  • Created control systems project for GE100: Introduction to ISE

Project Manager, Learning in Community (LINC)January 2015 - May 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Ensured quality and on-time delivery of project outputs
  • Designed classroom activities to help students learn the necessary skills for a successful project
  • Facilitated regular and professional communication between students and stakeholders
  • Provided detailed and timely feedback to students on course assignments and project deliverables

Teaching Assistant, Industrial and Enterprise Systems EngineeringAugust 2013 - May 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Laboratory instructor for GE320: Introduction to Control Systems
  • Created rubrics for laboratory reports for consistency in grading between teaching assistants
  • Updated laboratory instructions to balance workload and clarify steps
  • Conducted weekly office hours and organized review sessions prior to exams

Research Experience

Control and Dynamic Systems Lead April 2017 - Present

SAE/GM AutoDrive Challenge, Kettering University

  • Leading a team of students to design and implement the control systems necessary to convert a Chevrolet Bolt into a Level 4 autonomous car

Research Assistant, Industrial and Enterprise Systems EngineeringAugust 2013 - December 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Created a prototype of an affordable and portable laboratory kit for GE320
  • Developed a research plan for testing the kit in GE320 in the 2014-2015 academic year

Pioneer InterviewerJanuary 2014 - June 2014

Engineering Education Pioneers Research Team, University of Washington

  • Interviewed a noted pioneer in engineering education to create a profile of his career trajectory
  • Identified themes from the interview to include with themes from other interviews and discover trends amongst all pioneers in the project

Industry Experience

Senior Systems Engineer, Automatic Flight Control Systems June 2005 - August 2013

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Designed new control algorithms for the new Pro Line Fusion autothrottle
  • Researched Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circulars and other international guidance and standards for a new automatic flight control function
  • Delivered three-day training course on automatic landing systems
  • Developed autothrottle training course
  • Tested control law designs with Simulink and with prototypes in laboratories
  • Established a plan to use MATLAB and Simulink to run a Monte Carlo simulation of a new feature
  • Worked with customers to define high-level requirements for three programs
  • Mentored other team members to help them learn the team's tools and processes
  • Recruited and interviewed potential new employees
  • Managed schedule and budget on four multi-year projects
  • Promoted to Senior System Engineer in 2011

Electrical Engineering InternJune 2004 - August 2004

Pacific Bearing Company, Rockford, Illinois

  • Researched and worked with three types of DC motors and controllers: rotary stepper motors, brushless rotary servomotors, and brushless linear motors

Electrical Engineering InternJune 2003 - August 2003

Marathon Ashland Petroleum, LLC, Robinson, Illinois

  • Worked with instrumentation and control systems within the refinery
  • Created and maintained documentation for electrical equipment

Information Systems Intern June 2002 - August 2002

Inalfa Roof Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan

  • Managed the computer help desk and related projects
  • Debugged local and wide area networks containing AS400 and Windows servers, phone system, Xerox Document Centres, and desktop computers

Grants

  • R. Reck, "Apprentice Faculty Grant," Educational Research and Methods Division, American Society for Enginering Eudcation, $2,000, June 2017
  • R.S. Sreenivas and R. Reck, "Grants for Advancement of Teaching in Engineering," Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, $23,600, June 2014-May 2015.

Awards

  • New Faculty Fellow, IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2017
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2016
  • Distinguished New Engineer, Society of Women Engineers, 2016
  • The List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 & 2015
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • New Faces of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers, 2014

Journal Publicatons

  • R. M. Reck, R. S. Sreenivas, and M. C. Loui, “Evaluating the effectiveness of an affordable and portable laboratory kit for an introductory control systems course,” Advances in Engineering Education, Submitted.
  • R. M. Reck, “Common Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Control Systems Instructional Laboratories,” IEEE Transactions on Education, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 257-264, Nov. 2017. DOI: 10.1109/TE.2017.2681624.
  • R. M. Reck and R.S. Sreenivas, “Developing an affordable and portable control systems laboratory kit with a Raspberry Pi,” Electronics, vol. 5, no. 36, July 2016. DOI: 10.3390/electronics5030036.

Conference Papers

  • R. M. Reck, “Applying a common framework to develop undergraduate control systems laboratory kits,” in 2017 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, IN.
  • R. M. Reck, “The influence of teaching assistants in an undergraduate engineering laboratory course,” in 2017 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, IN.
  • R. M. Reck, “Using Google Apps to collect and organize my tenure portfolio,” in 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH. https://peer.asee.org/29075.
  • S. L. Mann, D. L. Peters, and R. M. Reck, “Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Welding and Machining Day: Women's confidence with individual hands-on manufacturing,” in 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH. https://peer.asee.org/28830.
  • R. M. Reck and G. Krishnan, “Combining projects and informational sessions to create a comprehensive introduction to the department,” in 2016 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Erie, PA. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2016.7757503.
  • R. M. Reck, “Defining common aspects for undergraduate instructional laboratories in control systems,” in 2016 American Control Conference (ACC), Boston, MA. DOI: 10.1109/ACC.2016.7526717.
  • R. M. Reck, “Engineering success: Delivering your Ph.D. on time, on budget, and ready for your career,” in 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA. DOI: 10.18260/p.26668.
  • G. L. Hein, D. Faas, A. M. Lucietto, J. K. Nagel, D. L. Peters, R. M. Reck, M. C. Verstraete, and D. J. O'Bannon, “The changing role of professional societies for academics,” in 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA. DOI: 10.18260/p.27356.
  • R. M. Reck, R. S. Sreenivas, and M. C. Loui, “Assessing an affordable and portable laboratory kit in an undergraduate control systems course,” in 2015 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), El Paso, TX. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2015.7344319.
  • R. M. Reck, “Service-learning: An opportunity for experiential learning in project management,” in American Society for Engineering Management Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2015.
  • R. M. Reck and R. S. Sreenivas, “Developing a new affordable DC motor laboratory kit for an existing undergraduate controls course,” in 2015 American Control Conference (ACC), Chicago, IL. DOI: 10.1109/ACC.2015.7171159 .
  • R. M. Reck “BYOE: Affordable and portable laboratory kit for controls courses,” in 2015 ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. DOI: 10.18260/p.23575.
  • M. W., Priddy, R. M. Reck, and A. M. Rynearson “ASEE student chapter longevity and programming,” in 2015 ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. DOI: 10.18260/p.23653.
  • R. M. Reck and R. S. Sreenivas, “Developing an affordable laboratory kit for undergraduate controls education,” in ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, San Antonio, TX. DSCC2014-6046 .
  • R. M. Johnson, “Using an autothrottle to compare techniques for saving fuel on a regional jet,” in AIAA [email protected] 2010, Atlanta, GA. AIAA-2010-3495.

Technical Presentations

  • R. Reck and G. Hein, “A survey of women in academia and the role of a multidisciplinary professional society,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE17), Austin, TX, 2017.
  • R. M. Reck, “Applying a common framework to develop undergraduate control systems laboratory kits,” presented at the 2017 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, IN.
  • R. M. Reck, “The influence of teaching assistants in an undergraduate engineering laboratory course,” presented at the 2017 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, IN.
  • R. M. Reck, “Using Google Apps to Collect and Organize My Tenure Portfolio,” presented at the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
  • R. M. Reck, “Combining projects and informational sessions to create a comprehensive introduction to the department," presented at the 2016 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Erie, PA.
  • R. M. Reck, “Defining common aspects for undergraduate instructional laboratories in control systems," presented at the 2016 American Control Conference (ACC), Boston, MA.
  • R. M. Reck, “Assessing an affordable and portable laboratory kit in an undergraduate control systems course,” presented at the 2015 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), El Paso, TX.
  • R. M. Reck, “Service-learning: An opportunity for experiential learning in project management,” presented at the American Society for Engineering Management Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2015.
  • R. M. Reck, “Developing a new affordable DC motor laboratory kit for an existing undergraduate controls course,” presented at the 2015 American Control Conference (ACC), Chicago, IL.
  • R. M. Reck, “ASEE Student Chapter Longevity and Programming,” presented at the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA.
  • R. Reck, “Developing an affordable laboratory kit for undergraduate controls education,” presented at the ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • R. Reck, “Affordable lab kit for controls education,” poster presented at the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
  • R. Reck, “Designing an affordable and portable inverted pendulum lab kit for controls education,” presented at the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Houghton, MI.
  • R. Johnson, “Using an autothrottle to compare techniques for saving fuel on a regional jet,” presented at the AIAA [email protected] 2010 Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Workshops

  • R. Reck “Digital teaching portfolios,” presented at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2017.
  • R. Reck “Strategies for using technology to organize a promotion and tenure portfolio,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE17), Austin, TX, 2017.
  • R. Reck “Personal brand and social media for academics,” presented at a Society of Women Engineers Women in Academia Webinar, 2017. [Online].
  • R. Reck “Affordable and portable DC motor kit for control systems,” presented at NSF Workshop on Hands-On Learning for Controls, 2017. [Online].
  • R. Reck “Lessons learned from using CATME,” presented at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2017.
  • R. Reck “Creativity: An essential skill for engineers,” presented at the 2017 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • R. Reck “Life as an academic,” presented at the 2017 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • R. Reck “Tips for successfully completing your dissertation,” presented at a Society of Women Engineers Graduate Student Webinar, 2016. [Online].
  • R. Reck “Submitting abstracts to ASEE,” presented at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2016.
  • R. Reck “Tips for effectively using social media to promote your SWE section,” presented at the 2016 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Platteville, WI.
  • R. Reck, “Grading laboratory reports,” presented at the Graduate Academy for College Teaching, Urbana, IL, 2015.
  • R. Reck “Your brand and social media,” presented at the 2015 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, South Bend, IN.
  • R. Reck, “Planning a class session, questioning strategies, and microteaching preparation,” presented at the Graduate Academy for College Teaching, Urbana, IL, 2014.
  • R. Reck and D. Peters, “Teaching tips for STEM,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE14), Los Angeles, CA, 2014.
  • C. Jayaraman and R. Reck, “Planning a class session, questioning strategies, and microteaching preparation,” presented at the Graduate Academy for College Teaching, Urbana, IL, 2014.
  • R. Reck, “Creating a brand for yourself and learning how to share it,” presented at the Graduate Society of Women Engineers at Illinois Lunch Series, Urbana, IL, 2014.
  • R. Reck and A. Rocheleau “How to survive and thrive in graduate school,” presented at a Society of Women Engineers Graduate Student Webinar, 2013. [Online].
  • R. Reck, “We are all systems engineers and why that is important,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE12), Houston, TX, 2012.
  • R. Johnson, “Autoland history and regulatory requirement overview,” presented at the Introduction to Autoland for Flight Control Systems workshop, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2010.

Panels

  • A. Lucietto, J. Kelley, and R. M. Reck, “Where should I publish my research?” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE16), Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
  • A. Lucietto, D. Peters, S. Pettit, and R. M. Reck, “Entering academia after a career in industry,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE16), Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
  • R. M. Reck, and S. L. Cutler “The journey to your Ph.D.” presented at the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • D. Peters, R. M. Reck, A. Lucietto, and D. Freeman, “Choosing your faculty advisor," presented at the 2016 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Platteville, WI.
  • R. M. Reck and A. Oldani, “Applying to graduate school,” presented at the 2014 Society of Women Engineers at Illinois Professional Liaison Event Series, Urbana, IL, 2014.
  • A. M. Rynearson, R. M. Reck, and S. Fleming “How can we help? Developing student chapters to meet diverse student needs,” presented at the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • R. Reck and A. Oldani, “Applying to graduate school,” presented at the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Professional Liaison Event Series, Urbana, IL.
  • E. Gregory, K. Isaacson, R. Reck, and H. Weist, “Applying to graduate school,” presented at the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Houghton, MI.
  • V. Chu, V. Claton, K. Faust, R. Reck, S. Rimer, and C. Shell, “Applying to graduate school in engineering,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference (WE13), Baltimore, MD, 2013.
  • R. Reck et al., “Life as an engineer after college,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Iowa workshop, Iowa City, IA, 2012.
  • R. Aburto, K. Morin, and R. Reck, “Go green with Girl Scouts,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers, East Central Iowa Section Girl Scout Workshop, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2012.
  • R. Reck et al., “Being an engineer,” presented at the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Iowa High School Conference, Iowa City, IA, 2012.

Guest Lectures

  • R. Reck, “Automatic flight controls at Rockwell Collins: Control law development, simulation, and flight test overview,” presented at the ECE 320 Linear Control Systems class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 2012.
  • R. Johnson, “Automatic flight controls at Rockwell Collins: Introduction to control law development and flight test,” presented at the ECE 320 Linear Control Systems class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 2008.
  • R. Johnson, “Introduction to automatic flight control design and testing at Rockwell Collins,” presented at the ECE 320 Linear Control Systems class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 2007.
  • R. Johnson, “Introduction to control law design and flight testing at Rockwell Collins,” presented at the ECE 320 Linear Control Systems class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 2007.
  • R. Johnson, “Automatic flight control design and testing at Rockwell Collins,” presented at the ECE 520 Control Systems I class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, 2006.

Professional Service

IEEE Program EvaluatorMarch 2012 - Present

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)

  • Evaluator for Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology and Systems Engineering Technology programs

Women in Academia Committee MemberOctober 2012 - Present

Society of Women Engineers

  • Approved to be Chair-Elect starting in July 2017
  • Planned and promoted events at the SWE annual conference
  • Developed and implemented a research driven media strategy to promote the organization and meet the needs of its constituents

Peer ReviewerSeptember 2013 - Present

  • 2017, 2018 ASEE Annual Conference, Educational Research and Methods Division
  • 2018 ASEE Annual Conference, Mechanical Engineering Division
  • 2014-2017 ASEE Annual Conference, Student Division
  • 2016, 2017 Frontiers in Education Conference
  • 2016 ASEE Annual Conference, Division of Experiment and Lab Oriented Studies
  • 2015 ASEM Annual Conference
  • 2014, 2016 American Control Conference
  • 2014 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Journal of Engineering Education

Nominating Committee Member January 2017-March 2017

Educational Research and Methods Division, American Society for Engineering Education

Panelist 2016, 2017

National Science Foundation

GradSWE at Illinois Committee MemberAugust 2013 - December 2015

Society of Women Engineers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Section

  • Facilitated lunch session on branding and social media 
  • Coordinated social media coverage of weSTEM 2014 and 2015
  • Organized sessions for undergraduate students on applying to graduate school

PresidentJune 2014 - December 2015

ASEE Student Chapter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Created strategic plan for chapter
  • Led the Executive Board

Social Media CoordinatorMay 2014 - June 2015

College Teaching Effectiveness Network (CTEN), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Created a plan for engaging members on social media

Section RepresentativeJuly 2011 - July 2013

Society of Women Engineers, East Central Iowa Section

  • Developed section reorganization plan with president
  • Planned multiple fiscal year calendars of events for the section
  • Launched new section website
  • Authored news updates for section website
  • Mentored new leaders in the section

Communications SecretaryJuly 2010 - July 2011

Society of Women Engineers, East Central Iowa Section

  • Created a new website for the section
  • Managed social media for the section

Communications ChairOctober 2006 - December 2009

Rockwell Collins Women's Employee Network in Cedar Rapids

  • Maintained TeamSpace site for all of the members of the network in Cedar Rapids
  • Created the TeamSpace site for collaboration of the leadership team of the network

University Service

Assessment CommitteeJune 2017 - Present

Mechanical Engineering Department, Kettering University

Faculty AdvisorJune 2017 - Present

Alpha Gamma Delta, Kettering University

CounselorJuly 2016 - Present

Society of Women Engineers, Kettering University

Great Teacher Retreat Committee MemberJune 2016 - May 2017

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Kettering University

  • Planned second annual Great Teacher Retreat
  • Proposed and led a new breakout session on evidence based practices

Student Consultant on Teaching (SCOT)September 2014 - December 2015

The Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Observed courses of the first year engineering faculty and provided feedback on teaching

Outreach

Outreach VolunteerJanuary 2012 - July 2013

Society of Women Engineers, East Central Iowa Section

  • Participated on an Engineering Panel for high school women interested in engineering
  • Organized a program of engineering based activities for Girl Scouts
  • Participated on a panel of recent engineering graduates for University of Iowa SWE section
  • Arranged a program to introduce outreach opportunities to members of the section and community

Assistant JudgeApril 2013

FIRST Tech Challenge - Iowa Championship

  • Observed FIRST Tech Challenge matches to provide feedback on team performance for awards presented to participants

TEAMS Essay JudgeMarch 2012 & 2013

Technology Student Association, High School TEAMS Competition

  • Assessed TEAMS essay submissions for technical content and grammar based on criteria specified in the rubric

Preliminary Model Judge and Presentation JudgeJanuary 2012, January 2013

National Engineers Week Future City Competition, Iowa Regional

  • Evaluated models and presentations from teams of middle school students whose futuristic city designs sought to solve engineering challenges

Computers Merit Badge WorkshopMarch 2012

Merit Badge University, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois

  • Helped Boy Scouts complete the Computers merit badge

Certifications

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in MATLAB, Simulink, LaTeX, Blackboard, Microsoft Project, LabVIEW, Google Apps, Google Sites, Joomla! (Web content management system), Subversion (Version control software), Rational DOORS (Requirements management software), and Microsoft Office
  • Familiar with C++, Java, HTML, CSS and AutoDesk Inventor

Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Assocaiation (AERA)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), Senior Member
  • IEEE Eta Kappa Nu
  • Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Life Member