13 September 2008

Robin Adams

Robin S. Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She also led the Institute for Scholarship on Engineering Education (ISEE) as part of the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE). Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. Adams was the Assistant Director for Research at the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT) and worked with the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Engineering Education (ECSEL) in a variety of roles (curriculum design, interdisciplinary program development (engineering and education), program evaluation, and assessment of student learning). She was also a Sr. Design Engineer in the semiconductor packaging industry and helped develop new uses of thin film technology. Dr. Adams received her PhD in Education, Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Adams' research is concentrated on understanding design cognition and learning (particularly iterative cycles in design), cross-disciplinary inquiry, building capacity in engineering education research, and strategies for connecting research and practice. Dr. Adams participates in many professional organizations including the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the Design Research Society (DRS), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Graduate Committees:

  • 2006 - Tamara Moore, PhD (Member)
  • 2008 - Shanna Daly, PhD (Co-chair with George Bodner)
  • 2008 - Euridice Oware, PhD (Member)
  • Shawn Jordan, PhC (Chair)
  • Carla Zoltowski, PhC (Member)
  • Tiago Forin (Chair)