Our Team

 

Shanna Daly
Assistant Professor
 
Dr. Shanna Daly is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. She has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Education and Chemistry from Purdue University. Her research focuses on design innovations through divergent and convergent thinking as well as through deep needs and community assessments using design ethnography. Specifically, her work includes investigations of concept generation and development practices of novices through practitioners, intersections of diverse disciplines and experiences of individuals and teams that yield innovative thinking, the role of creativity in engineering and how to foster it, exploring problem spaces to identify real needs and innovation opportunities, and developing flexibility to design both radically and incrementally.

 

Jaclyn Murray
Post-Doctoral Fellow
 
Jackie is a former biomedical engineer and physics teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Ph.D. program in Science Education. Her dissertation work on how spatial and creative skill and conceptions of engineering creativity contribute to how first-year engineering students solve an ill-structured design problem. She plans to expand upon this work and investigate domain-specific STEM spatial and creative skills across engineering disciplines and contexts. Additionally, she is interested in understanding how epistemic agency forms in students and pre-service teachers, and how instructors within STEM disciplines promote agency. Currently, she positions her work within situated perspectives—approaches that view knowledge as the product of participation within multiple communities of practice. She considers herself a pragmatist and prefers multi-method and qualitative-dominant mixed methods approaches to education research.

 

Michael Deininger
Graduate Student Research Assistant
 
My primary research interest focuses on the use of prototypes during the medical device design process. I’m exploring methodologies to use prototypes as tools to communicate ideas, elicit user requirements and engineering specifications, avoid perceived solutions, explore ways to evaluate design without bias and ways to improve stakeholder involvement. Other research interests include the impact of prototypes on learning and problem solving, design education and pedagogies that increase students’ implementation of the design process. I conduct some of my research in the US and Ghana.

 

Jin Woo Lee
Graduate Student Research Assistant
 
My research interests include developing methods to aid in the design process, particularly in the early stages of concept generation and selection. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.

 

Erika Mosyjowski
Graduate Student Research Assistant
 
I am a doctoral student in Higher Education, with a particular interest in engineering education research. Specifically, my research interests include: professional identity development and career decision making, research skill development, practices and experiences that foster innovation, the role of peers related to students’ happiness, success, and decision making, and supporting the recruitment, persistence, and success of diverse students within engineering.

 

Anastasia Ostrowski
Graduate Student Research Assistant
 
I am a master’s student in biomedical engineering student with a passion for design. My current research focuses on design heuristics in biomedical engineering education and how preconceptions of the design process impact idea generation and the design space. Other research interests include how engineers interact with stakeholders in industry, start-ups, and academia and front-end design tools and education. I received my Bachelor of Engineering degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jacob
Lutz

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Maya
Makhlouf

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Laura
Murphy

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Amy
Rechkemmer

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Jennifer
Wenger

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Alumni

Ibrahim Mohedas
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Rackham Merit Fellow
 
My primary research interests focus on developing medical technologies that provide early diagnosis and design methodologies that facilitate the development of low-cost medical devices. Other research interests include developing pedagogies that will increase engineering students’ appreciation of the design process and the requirements for successful utilization. I conduct some of my research in Cameroon, Ghana, and Mexico.