Graduate School

Graduate School

  • On December 5, I presented a webinar for GradSWE on tips for successfully completing your dissertation.  The topics included project management, time management, and writing.

  • At the 2016 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, I published a tips and tricks paper about successfully completing a Ph.D.  In this paper, I summarized resources I found useful during my doctoral studies, some advice I was given, and lessons I learned along the way.  The full paper can be accessed from the ASEE website.

  • On May 10, 2016, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering.  It was not an easy task, but it was a necessary step to achieve my goal of becoming a professor so I pushed through.  Along the way, I identified a few key things that contributed to my success at Illinois:

    1. Advisor(s) have a huge impact on your progress
    2. Project and time management skills are important
    3. Stay focused on the end goal
    4. Find sometime time for yourself
  • 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.