I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the First Year Engineering Program and affiliate faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. My research interests include multi-stakeholder educational partnerships, innovative pedagogies, broadening participation/community engagement, as well as other engineering education topic areas. My primary teaching interests include engineering design, graphics/communication, bridging educational research with practice, and educational research methods.
Previously, I was a Lecturer (Teaching) in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering at University College London and also served as the Inclusion Lead. I primarily coordinated a year-long capstone project for Masters of Engineering and Masters of Science students (The Integrated Design Project) and collaborated with colleagues on other design teaching. In 2020, I was awarded Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
I earned my PhD in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech where my dissertation explored interorganizational collaboration in the first year of a public-private partnership focused on middle school STEM education. This work was conducted within the VT PEERS Project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. You can download a reflective tool for collaborating across organizations based on this research. While at Virginia Tech, I also participated in the NSF-funded project Gatekeepers to Broadening Participation in Engineering, considering factors around engineering college-going.
My interest in engineering education was sparked as an undergraduate student at Northeastern University, where I earned my BSc in Civil Engineering with an environmental concentration and collaborated with first-year engineering faculty on research and community engagement projects. Through Northeastern’s cooperative education program, I also worked as an estimating engineer at DN Tanks and as a K-12 technology teacher at the Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy. I expanded the training manual for new interns at DN Tanks and was awarded a scholarship for my work there. At Talcott, I developed a new class in 3D Design aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. I published about this experience with the National Science Teachers Association and aspects of my approach have been adopted by other technology and makerspace educators.