Engineering Education Research 2017 SURE Summer Research Project

EER Project #1: Research in Engineering Education or Design Education
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shanna Daly (Mechanical Engineering), srdaly@umich.edu
Project Description: Dr. Daly investigates design and creativity in engineering education. Depending on student interest and project needs, a student working with Dr. Daly will study: (1) idea generation in engineering design to support innovative outcomes; (2) the role of creativity in engineering problem solving and design; or (3) intersections of engineering work and academic study as the source of innovation for graduate work in engineering. Responsibilities for the student include: (a) collecting data via observations, surveys, interviews, or design experiments, (b) managing data using excel or NVivo, (c) analyzing data both qualitatively and quantitatively, and (d) communicating outcomes in verbal and written form. Interested students should contact Dr. Daly (srdaly@umich.edu) for more information.

EER Project #2: Teaching and Learning in Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cindy Finelli (Electrical and Computer Engineering), cfinelli@umich.edu
Project Description: Dr. Finelli investigates faculty teaching, student learning, and the relationship between them. Depending on student interest and project needs, the research may focus on one of three topics: (1) student resistance to innovative teaching practices and ways for faculty to alleviate it; (2) reasons faculty change their teaching practices and barriers to doing so; or (3) how a flexible classroom space can affect faculty teaching and student learning. Responsibilities for the student include: (a) collecting classroom observation data or survey data, (b) managing data using excel, (c) analyzing data both qualitatively and quantitatively, and (d) communicating outcomes in verbal and written form. Interested students should contact Dr. Finelli (cfinelli@umich.edu) for more information.

EER Project #3: Engineering Entrepreneurship Education and Research
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad (Biomedical Engineering), aileenhs@umich.edu
Project Description: Dr. Huang-Saad investigates engineering entrepreneurship and innovation. Depending on student interest and project needs, a student working with Dr. Huang-Saad will study: (1) the influence of the educational environment on the engagement of women in entrepreneurship education; (2) the influence of higher education on student entrepreneurial intent; or (3) how to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in biomedical engineers. Responsibilities for the student include: (a) collecting data via observations, surveys, and/or interviews, (b) managing data using excel, (c) analyzing data both qualitatively and quantitatively, and (d) communicating outcomes in verbal and written form. Interested students should contact Dr. Huang-Saad (aileenhs@umich.edu) for more information.

EER Project #4: Mentoring, persistence, and under-representation in engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joi Mondisa (Industrial and Operations Engineering), jmondisa@umich.edu
Project Description: Dr. Mondisa is engaged in research to understand and support the success of engineering students, especially those historically underrepresented in the field. : (1) the role of mentoring practices, programs, and relationships in STEM education; (2) how social community influences a mentoring intervention program; or (3) the role of resilience and grit in undergraduate engineering persistence. Responsibilities for the student include: (a) collecting data via observations, surveys, and/or interviews, (b) performing literature searches and managing data using excel or NVivo, (c) analyzing data both qualitatively and quantitatively, and (d) communicating outcomes in verbal and written form. Interested students should contact Dr. Mondisa (jmondisa@umich.edu) for more information.