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Dr. Maria Garlock is an associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton. Her scholarship is in resilient building design for large earthquakes and fires, as isolated and as combined multi-hazard events. In addition, Dr. Garlock studies the best examples of structural designs of the present and past, which encompass the ideals of efficiency, economy, and elegance. She has co-authored a book on the subject with David Billington (Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist), and co-curated three exhibitions with scale models and instructional displays that teach about exemplary structural engineering designs. She is the recipient of the 2012 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is the highest teaching award at Princeton. In 2013 she was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 2013 Frontiers in Engineering Education Symposium where she discussed the topic of this proposal with colleagues all around the nation.
Dr. Sanjay Arwade is an associate professor in the department of civil & environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has taught or co-taught his version of the 'structures and the urban environment' course 6 times and has had the course approved as meeting university requirements for the general education (distribution requirements) curriculum in historical studies and quantitative reasoning. He conducts research, funded by the National Science Foundation and industry, in structural mechanics and behavior and on the use of historic structures in civil engineering education. Dr. Arwade is the leader of the Teaching Materials working group of the International Network for Structural Art, who has started a database/collection of teaching materials.
Dr. Cristopher D. Moen is an associate professor in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He completed the Bachelor and Masters of Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia in 1995 and 1997 respectively and a doctorate in Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 2008. Dr. Moen worked from 1997 to 2005 as a senior engineer at an international bridge engineering consulting firm and he is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2013 he led the redevelopment of Virginia Tech's CEE 2804 Introduction to Civil Engineering curriculum, adding socio-economic context and criticism inspired by the teachings and writings of Prof. David Billington at Princeton and by his academic mentors Dr. Sanjay Arwade and Dr. Ben Schafer at JHU. Prof. Moen's primary research interests are in lifecycle reliability and engineering for endurance applied to building structural systems and transportation infrastructure. Dr. Moen teaches courses in thin-walled structures, structural stability with an emphasis on geometrically nonlinear simulation-based structural analysis, and steel building design. Moen is president and CEO of NBM Technologies, Inc. (www.nbmtech.com) headquartered in Blacksburg, VA.
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Dr. Evelyn Laffey is the current Associate Director of the Princeton Council on Science and Technology. Evelyn has a doctorate in mathematics education and bachelor's in mathematics from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching are focused on providing an excellent and equitable STEM education for all students. Prior to joining Princeton, Evelyn was the Assistant Dean for Engineering Education at Rutgers School of Engineering where she developed engineering education programs to enhance the learning and teaching of STEM. Relevant to this proposal, she lead the team responsible for the implementation of an ENGAGE Faculty-Student Interaction mini-grant and two NSF grants (Robert E. Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and a Research Experience for Teachers).
Dr. Aatish Bhatia is an Associate Director and Engineering Education Specialist in Princeton University's Council on Science and Technology. He holds a doctorate in physics from Rutgers University and a bachelor's in physics from Swarthmore College. At Rutgers University, he transformed and co-taught a 100+ student enrollment introductory physics course for non-science majors, to incorporate active learning techniques and to focus on the relevance of physics to society. He has taught in the New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering and Technology and was a recipient of the Richard J. Plano Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. His popular science writing is published online by Wired magazine, accessed over 800,000 times, and is included in The Best Online Science Writing 2012 (Scientific American Books). He has co-developed online educational videos that have been accessed over 2.5 million times.