Nicole is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining VT, Dr. Pitterson was a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University. She holds a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University and other degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Illinois University and a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology, Jamaica. Her research interest is eliciting conceptual understanding of introductory engineering concepts using active learning strategies.
Ashish Agrawal is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He received his PhD in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Prior to that, he completed his MS from Virginia Tech and B-Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, both in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include sociology of education, experiences of faculty and students in engineering, and critical and inclusive pedagogies.
Jennifer Case is Head and Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She holds an honorary position at the University of Cape Town. Her research on the student experience of learning, focusing mainly on science and engineering education, has been published across a range of journal articles in higher education and her recent book, Researching student learning in higher education: A social realist approach published in 2013 by Routledge. She holds an academic development post in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT, and teaches in the undergraduate programme there. She is a coordinating editor for the international journal Higher Education and a co-editor for the Routledge/SRHE series Research into Higher Education.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in educational research and evaluation. I have expertise in research methodology, with a focus on psychometrics, narrowing achievement gaps, and bias. I use qualitative and quantitative methods to understand social science phenomena.
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