Jill Davishahl is Assistant Professor and First Year Programs Director in the Engineering + Design department at Western Washington University. Jill's teaching, service, and research activities focus on enhancing first year student experiences by providing foundational technical skills, student engagement opportunities, and professional skill development necessary to improve success in the major, with emphasis on supporting traditionally underserved student populations. Her current research focuses on creating inclusive and equitable learning environments through the development and implementation of strategies geared towards increasing student sense of belonging.
Dr. Sura Al-Qudah is an assistant professor in the Engineering and Design Department at Western Washington University. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from State University of New York at Binghamton in August 2014 and August 2010 respectively, and her B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Yarmouk University, Jordan, in 2004.
Dr. Al-Qudah research areas of interest are in process improvement methodologies (Lean Six-Sigma), applied operations research, and engineering education pedagogies. Before joining WWU in the Fall of 2014, she worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant in the Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department at SUNY Binghamton. She also served as an assistant instructor for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training courses offered through SUNY Binghamton for six consecutive training courses since 2012.
Dr. Al-Qudah is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) professional societies, as well as Alpha Pi Mu honor society. Dr. Al-Qudah holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certificate.
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