I am a Lecturer (Senior Teaching Fellow) in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering at University College London (UCL). My research interests include multi-stakeholder partnerships with industry and educational institutions, iterative curricular improvement efforts (research-practice cycles), broadening participation and community engagement, as well as other pre-college engineering education topic areas. I continue to publish internationally in engineering education and related fields.
At UCL, I am the instructor-of-record for the Integrated Design Project (IDP) and assist with other design teaching. The IDP is a year-long capstone project for Masters of Engineering (MEng) and Masters of Science (MSc) students. My primary teaching interests include engineering design, graphics/communication, engineering education fundamentals, bridging teaching and learning theory with practice, and educational research methods. I’ve recently developed a forthcoming course which will introduce MSc students to engineering education research. In addition to my teaching and research, I have been appointed as the Departmental Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer (Inclusion Lead) and serve on multiple departmental committees related to teaching and learning. In 2020, I was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
I received 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 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. 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 started at Northeastern University, where I received my BSc in Civil Engineering with an environmental concentration. I 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.
Please contact me for more information or if you are interested in consulting services for educational research, evaluation, or curriculum development. I have experience consulting on engineering education research projects and developing evaluation frameworks for non-profit school enrichment programs.