Our recipients for the 2019-2020 STEM Research Fellowship have been chosen. This year’s recipients are Dr. Nima Lofti and Dr. Kathleen Vongsathorn. These recipients will work on projects with the STEM Center with the aim of innovating students to engage in STEM.
Nima Lofti, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is working with the STEM Center to promote the use of open-source hardware and software platforms. His goal is to increase the use of open-source hardware and software in Controls and MRE education, and make these platforms more widely used. To do this, Lofti will conduct research on how these platforms are integrated into various courses. He will also look at the industries’ needs, to see which open-source platforms should be implemented into the classrooms for students to be prepared after graduation.
Kathleen Vongsathorn, assistant professor in the Department of Historical Studies, is working with the STEM Center to integrate STEM and History in undergraduate curriculum. While looking at the integration of STEM and History in three different ways, Vongsathorn will determine which method of in-course integration provides the best possible student learning outcomes. Her research will explore the effects of history being incorporated in STEM courses, as well as STEM being included in history courses.