Jackie Starks is a senior level undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Although Mechanical Engineering is his main area of study, Jackie also has a vested interest in working to advance the field of engineering education. In addition to working with Engineer Inc, he is going to be involved in robotic research to broaden his engineering knowledge. His ultimate goal is to found an engineering company to help undertake today’s global challenges.
Fletcher Hendrickson is a Mechanical Engineering Student enrolled at Tennessee State University. He aspires to perform engineering design under research and development to develop the latest technologies, specifically in the aeronautical field. In addition, he plans to earn his private pilot’s license while at Tennessee State University.
Dr. Fatemeh Hadi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Tennessee State University. She received her PhD in mechanical engineering at Northeastern University, working on topics in chemical kinetics dimension reduction, turbulent reacting flow, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), large eddy simulation (LES) and high performance computing. Before her PhD studies, Dr. Hadi worked in Aerospace Industries Organization, Iran as a research scientist. Dr. Hadi obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
Dr. Matthew J. Traum is founding CEO at Engineer Inc (www.EngineerInc.net), an engineering education start-up. Traum invented @HOLM™ lab kits to enable students in on-line courses to build and run engineering experiments remotely at home.
Before founding Engineer Inc, Dr. Traum was a well-known higher education administrator, fund raiser, educator, and researcher with co-authorship of 11 peer-reviewed research journal articles, 15 refereed research conference articles, and 17 refereed pedagogical conference articles. As a PI or Co-PI, Traum has attracted over $800 K in funding for research, education, and entrepreneurial ventures from multiple sources including NSF, NASA, ASHRAE, the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, and several industry sponsors.
Most recently as Associate Professor and Director of Engineering Programs at Philadelphia University, Dr. Traum led the Mechanical Engineering Program through a successful ABET interim visit resulting in no deficiencies, weaknesses, or concerns.
Previously, Dr. Traum was an assistant professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), one of the top-ten undergraduate-serving engineering universities in the U.S. Dr. Traum coordinated MSOE's first crowd-funded senior design project. He also co-founded with students EASENET, a start-up renewable energy company to commercialize waste-to-energy biomass processors.
Dr. Traum began his academic career as a founding faculty member in the Mechanical & Energy Engineering Department at the University of North Texas - Denton where he established a successful, externally-funded researcher incubator that trained undergraduates to perform experimental research and encouraged matriculation to graduate school.
Traum received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he held a research assistantship at MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. At MIT he invented a new nano-enabled garment to provide simultaneous ballistic and thermal protection to infantry soldiers. Dr. Traum also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT with a focus on cryogenics and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine: one in mechanical engineering and the second in aerospace engineering. In addition, he attended the University of Bristol, UK as a non-matriculating visiting scholar where he completed an M.Eng thesis in the Department of Aerospace Engineering on low-speed rotorcraft control.
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