Dr. Edward Berger
-Executive Director-

Edward Berger is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education and Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, joining Purdue in August 2014. He has been teaching mechanics for nearly 20 years, and has worked extensively on the integration and assessment of specific technology interventions in mechanics classes. He was one of the co-leaders in 2013-2014 of the ASEE Virtual Community of Practice (VCP) for mechanics educators across the country.

 

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Dr. Jennifer DeBoer
-Director of Research-

Jennifer DeBoer is currently Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research focuses on international education systems, individual and social development, technology use and STEM learning, and educational environments for diverse learners.

 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Rhoads
-Director of Practice

Jeffrey F. (Jeff) Rhoads is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and is affiliated with both the Birck Nanotechnology Center and Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at the same institution.  He also serves as the Associate Director of PERC: The Purdue Energetics Research Center and the Director of Practice for MEERCat Purdue: The Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue University. Read More

Dr. Rhoads received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, each in mechanical engineering, from Michigan State University in 2002, 2004, and 2007, respectively. Dr. Rhoads’ current research interests include the predictive design, analysis, and implementation of resonant micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for use in chemical and biological sensing, electromechanical signal processing, and computing; the thermomechanics of energetic materials (including explosives, pyrotechnics, and propellants); additive manufacturing; and mechanics education. Dr. Rhoads is a Member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where he serves on the Design Engineering Division’s Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound.  Dr. Rhoads is a recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, including the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award; the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering’s Harry L. Solberg Best Teacher Award (twice), Robert W. Fox Outstanding Instructor Award, B.F.S. Schaefer Outstanding Young Faculty Scholar Award, and Ruth and Joel Spira Award; the ASEE Mechanics Division’s Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award; and the ASME C. D. Mote Jr., Early Career Award.  In 2014, Dr. Rhoads was included in ASEE Prism Magazine’s 20 Under 40.  To date he has authored more than 100 peer reviewed journal and conference publications and with his colleagues has conduct more than $19M in sponsored research with industry, the United States National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security.

 

Ruth Rothstein
-Project Coordinator

 

Ruth Rothstein is the Project Coordinator for MEERCat, and drives and supports a variety of initiatives to positively impact the professional formation of engineers. Ruth earned a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in 2015. She initiated her professional career organizing political campaigns in the non-profit sector and worked in industry at Tesla as an Energy Advisor managing residential solar installations.

 

 

Dr. Fredy Rodriguez
-Postdoc, RED

Fredy Rodriguez is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has conducted ethnographic research in fields such as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Design Ethnography, Anthropology of Indigenous Social Movements, and Medical Anthropology. As a member of Purdue’s RED Project, he will use his applied background to develop and implement recommendations to enrich and improve ME’s culture.