Engineering Education Research 2018 SURE Summer Research Project

EER Project #1: Teaching and Learning in Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cindy Finelli (EECS),
Project Description: Dr. Finelli’s research investigates different factors—such as the physical classroom space, faculty teaching practices, or participation in co-curricular activities—that impact student learning and success in engineering. Depending on student interest and project needs, the research may focus on one  of three topics: (1) how a flexible classroom space affects faculty teaching and student learning; (2) student resistance to innovative teaching practices and ways for faculty to alleviate it; and (3) who participates in engineering co-curricular activities, how they decide to participate, and what benefits are conferred. Responsibilities for the student include: (a) analyzing survey, interview, and observational data through qualitative and quantitative means, (b) managing data using Excel and other software packages, (c) communicating outcomes in verbal and written form, and (d) assisting in the development and delivery of faculty professional development activities. The student will work closely with Dr. Finelli and may also be part of a team of researchers from engineering education and other disciplines. Interested students should contact Dr. Finelli ( for more information or to apply.