HOW DOES YOUR INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE BENEFIT STUDENTS?
My engineering background is in civil engineering materials and highway engineering. During graduate school I worked on a NCHRP project in a university research laboratory. I focused on instrumentation and data acquisition, or how to get sensors, machines, computers, and software to communicate with each other so that very accurate, precise, and sensitive measurements can be taken during tests on materials.
That experience is very helpful in our hands-on materials and soils lab courses at Penn College because it helps me to teach myself how to use sophisticated equipment and computer programs that I never used before. That allows me to continuously improve our curriculum by adding new technology and teaching my students how to use it.