Experienced STEM educator promotes engineering academy programs for pre-college through first-two-year college students. Current focus areas are holistic approaches to engineering education and students as teachers. Registered Professional Engineer since 1994 (Maryland Board of Professional Engineers license #44296 exp. 8/8/17).
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – PhD student, Electrical Engineering
Master of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering – Lamar University
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering – Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering – Texas A&M University
Associate of Applied Science, Automotive Technology and Automotive Emissions Technology (Summa Cum Laude)
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS AND SERVICE
- Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, Montgomery College Germantown, 2015
- 2014 Engineer of the Year, Washington, DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies
- 2013 IEEE MGA Achievement Award
- Editor-in-Chief, IEEE National Capital Area Scanner newsletter, 2012 – 2015
- East Coast Colleges Social Science Association, Board Member, 2014 – 2016
American Solar Energy Society, Life Member
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member
IEEE, Graduate Student Member
National Society of Black Engineers, Professional Member
Philosophical Society of Washington, Member
Washington Academy of Sciences
Montgomery College, 2012 – present
- Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics
- Member of inaugural STEM active learning faculty cohort, 2013
- Faculty advising cadre and GT-STEP mentor
- Faculty advisor of Physics Club and Engineering Club
- Small Solar Schools grant project leader, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, 2014
- Moderator at “STEAM: Exploring the Intersection Between Global Humanities and STEM,” 2015, 2016
- “Kindergarten to College” presenter for engineering
- Invited participant at SENCER Summer Institute, 2015, 2016
Courses: Electric Circuits, Scientific and Engineering Computation, Introductory Programming Concepts for Engineers, Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineers, Digital Logic Design, Introduction to Engineering Design, Introduction to the Engineering Profession, General Physics I and II, Physics for Engineers
Northern Virginia Community College, 2009 – present
- Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering and Electronics Technology
- Manassas Provost’s Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member, 2011
- Invited presenter on robotics in engineering instruction at New Horizons 2011 conference, Roanoke
- Developed and taught the first “Honors Option” engineering course in VCCS
- VCCS Professional Development and NVCC Foundation grant awardee
- Faculty advisor for in-person and online advising
Courses: Introduction to Engineering (Honors Option), Computer Programming for Engineers, DC and AC Circuits I, DC and AC Circuits II, Automotive Electronics, Special Topics in Alternative Energy for Transportation
Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, 2001 – 2006
- Research in alternative energy, distributed energy resources, and critical infrastructures
- Non-linear system analyses using Mathematica
- Operated the distance learning education (VTEL) laboratory
Lamar University, 2000 – 2001
- Instructed undergraduate courses in analog and digital electronics and numerical analysis
- Supervised graduate student independent study
- Prepared documentation for re-accreditation
Courses: Circuit Analysis, Circuits Laboratory, Engineering Analysis, Survey of Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech, 1997 – 2000
- Electronics laboratory instructor; teaching assistant in alternative energy, circuit analysis, and electric machines courses
- Multi-university research project in Internet-based teaching of power engineering topics (PowerLearn)
Courses: Microelectronics Laboratory I
Lamar University, 1994 – 1997
- Developed a power quality evaluation methodology using signal processing, artificial neural networks, and wavelets; Automated Detection of Classes of Power Quality Problems, Master’s Thesis, 1996.
- American Association of University Women and Lamar University research grant award recipient
- Wrote and presented five conference papers
- Developed algorithms to analyze power system multi-contingency cases
- Identified power outage patterns that match a certain profile
- Solar energy demonstration projects
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Test Engineer for NASA-JSC (STS-1)
- Test engineer in eight programs to evaluate Space Shuttle thermal protection tiles and advanced thermal protection concepts; wrote internal NASA-JSC technical reports in support of STS-1
- Designed test articles and simulated re-entry heating environment in 10 MW arc heater lab
Gulf States Utilities, Energy Management Systems Engineer, 1991 – 1994
- Transformed short-term load forecasting methodology for a 6,000 MW summer peaking system by using artificial neural networks (ANNs) and incorporating methods of long-term forecasting
- Reconciled daily natural gas usage from telemetry data
- Served on the Entergy transition team, implementing best industry practices for hourly load forecasting for a combined 20,000 MW system, while refining practices with unit commitment research studies
- Established an EPRI beta test site for experimental forecasting techniques and conducted comparative studies while achieving an improvement in hourly load forecast error from 4% to 1.5%
- Tested new ESCA EMS and SCADA installation and provided training to system operators
Olin Chemicals, Maintenance and Control Engineer, 1987 – 1991
- Implemented preventive maintenance programs at operating units
- Conducted personnel training in use of computerized maintenance management system (CMMS)
- Headed committees to author policies and procedures on critical safety devices and overpressure protection devices, providing the ability to verify inspection compliance
- Developed algorithms to identify obsolete and surplus MRO inventory
- Created executive information system to produce reports from raw data on demand in response to menu-based queries
- Recommended process control improvements and specified rupture disc and relief valve installations
- Maintenance shift foreman: supervised several crafts on rotating shifts
Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute, 2015, 2016
Montgomery College Center for Professional and Organizational Development (64 hours), Rockville, MD
- Developing the Skillful Supervisor, 2015-16 (co-valedictorian)
National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology, and Science, 2014
- WomenTech Educator’s Workshop: STEM Recruitment and Retention Strategies (12 hours), New River Community College
National Science Foundation, 2013
- Workshop on Energy Cyber-Physical Systems, invited participant (16 hours)
IEEE Power & Energy Society, 2000-2014
- Energy Forecasting in the Smart Grid Era (8 hours)
- Understanding Power Electronics in Contemporary Power Systems (8 hours)
- Wind Generator Modeling & Controls (8 hours)
- Probabilistic T&D System Reliability Planning (8 hours)
- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Effective Teaching Workshop (16 hours)
Penn State University, 2013
- Nanotechnology Course Resources Workshop – Characterization and Applications (24 hours)
Montgomery College, 2012-2015
- Maryland STEM Conference 2014
- GT-STEP faculty advising/mentoring pilot project training
- Faculty Advisor Cadre training (40 hours)
- How to help students who come to you for help (STEM focused)
- Blackboard Essentials
- Website Management with the CMS
- Films on Demand Online
- Writing Great Learning Outcomes
- Banner Navigation Online
- New Faculty Orientation (24 hours)
Northern Virginia Community College, 2009-2015
- Engineering 299 – Independent Study in Nanotechnology (3 credits)
- Blackboard Competency and refresher training
- Preventing Employment Discrimination
- Streaming Video and Online Resources for Teachers
- Interactive Learning and SmartBoards
- Engage Your Students with Collaborative Projects
- Faculty Advising and Faculty Advising Refresher Workshops
- Virtual Advising
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, 2011
- Summer workshop, Southern Maine Community College (16 hours)
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, 2011
- Photovoltaic Entry Level Exam (passed)
Southern Mid-Atlantic Provider of Solar Instructor Training, 2011
- Solar PV Train-the-Trainer Workshop (80 hours)
Virginia Community College Workforce Alliance, 2011
- Recognizing the Behaviors of School-Age Children
Prince William County Summer Robotics Program, 2011
- VEX Robot Programming Counselor (40 hours)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS
Automated Detection of Classes of Power Quality Problems, Master’s Thesis, Lamar University, May 1996.
“Automated power quality assessment using DFR data,” Joint Fault and Disturbance Analysis and Precise Measurement in Power Systems Conference, Arlington, VA, Nov. 1996 (co-author with 3 others).
“Wavelet analysis of voltage waveforms in power quality studies,” CONIELECOMP, Puebla, Mexico, Feb. 1997 (co-author with Dr. Brana Drazenovic).
“Environmental impact of residential heating and cooling system energy efficiency upgrades,” American Power Conference, Apr. 1998 (co-author with two others).
“Neural network based power quality analysis using MATLAB,” Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Engineering, Halifax, NS, June 1998 (invited paper).
“Project PowerLearn: Get Your Power Here,” IEEE Power Engineering Society Summer Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 1998 (co-author; student poster awarded 3rd place).
“Integrating distributed resources into the grid: the IDAPS challenge,” Joint Workshop on Intelligent Distributed Autonomous Power Systems, Hakone, Japan, July 1998.
“Power quality disturbance detection and classification using wavelets and artificial neural networks,” IEEE International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, Athens, Greece, Oct. 1998 (co-author).
“Project PowerLearn: Development of a complete module,” North American Power Symposium, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 1998 (minor co-author with several others).
“Small Sections: Challenges and Opportunities,” IEEE Sections Congress, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 1999 (invited presentation).
“Reducing the Operating Cost through Generation Alternatives,” PowerGen International 1999, New Orleans, LA, Dec. 1999 (co-author with N. Maricar and S. Rahman).
“Power for the Internet,” IEEE ACE Conference, Kolkata, India, Dec. 2002 (co-author with Dr. Saifur Rahman).
“One-Button ICT Applications Package for Global Access” proposal at the 2005 Education Without Borders conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb. 2005 (with co-author M. Pipattamasomporn), invited poster presentation.
“The Art of Consulting,” 3-part series, updated, revised, and presented to IEEE National Capital Area Consultants Network, College Park, MD, 2013.
“Stoves for Santa Clara and Other Food for Thought,” authored and presented by Montgomery College Students (ENES 100 – Introduction to Engineering Design) at the 38th East Coast Colleges Social Science Association Conference, Herndon, VA, April 2014.
“Raspberry Pi Live: Active Learning for Fun and Profit,” authored and presented by Montgomery College Students (ENEE 150 – Intermediate Programming for Engineers) at the 1st annual Maryland STEM Conference, Germantown, MD, October 2014.
“Two for the Price of One — Promoting Solar Literacy in the Community College,” poster presentation at SOLAR 2015, annual conference of the American Solar Energy Society, State College, PA, July 2015.
“Engineering Identity Formation through Cinema,” co-authored and presented with Amevi Semodji and Khalin Redding at the 40th East Coast Colleges Social Science Association Conference, Herdon, VA, April 2016