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Shawn Jordan

Biography

SHAWN JORDAN, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches context-centered electrical engineering and embedded systems design courses, and studies the use of context in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Education (2010) and M.S./B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Jordan is PI on several NSF-funded projects related to design, including an NSF Early CAREER Award entitled “CAREER: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society” and “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?,” and is a Co-PI on the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments grant “Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking.” He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in 2017, and was named one of ASEE PRISM’s “20 Faculty Under 40” in 2014.

Dr. Jordan co-developed the STEAM Labs™ program to engage middle and high school students in learning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math concepts through designing and building chain reaction machines. He founded and led teams to two collegiate Rube Goldberg Machine Contest national championships, and has appeared on many TV shows (including Modern Marvels on The History Channel and Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC) and a movie with his chain reaction machines. He serves on the Board of the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ, and worked as a behind-the scenes engineer for season 3 of the PBS engineering design reality TV show Design Squad. He also held the Guinness World Record for the largest number of steps – 125 – in a working Rube Goldberg machine.

Research Interests

Context in engineering design education, the Maker community, culturally relevant pedagogy, virtual teams, K-12 engineering education, entrepreneurship, cross-disciplinarity, creativity, innovation, and human-centered design

Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 314Electrical Systems Project II
EGR 315Robotic Systems Project II
EGR 493Honors Thesis
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 304Electrical Systems Project I
EGR 305Robotics Systems Project I
EGR 492Honors Directed Study
EGR 493Honors Thesis
EGR 565Qualitative Meth in Eng Ed
EGR 590Reading and Conference
DCI 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 314Electrical Systems Project II
EGR 315Robotic Systems Project II
EGR 493Honors Thesis
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 304Electrical Systems Project I
EGR 305Robotics Systems Project I
EGR 492Honors Directed Study
DCI 590Reading and Conference
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 598Special Topics
EGR 599Thesis
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 314Electrical Systems Project II
EGR 315Robotic Systems Project II
EGR 484Internship
EGR 584Internship
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 598Special Topics
EGR 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 304Electrical Systems Project I
EGR 305Robotics Systems Project I
EGR 484Internship
EGR 499Individualized Instruction
DCI 590Reading and Conference
EGR 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 314Electrical Systems Project II
EGR 315Robotic Systems Project II
EGR 499Individualized Instruction
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 216Fundamentals of Eng Systems I
EGR 301Fall Concentration Project
EGR 499Individualized Instruction
EGR 584Internship
DCI 590Reading and Conference
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 302Spring Concentration Project
EGR 339Fabrication of Electrical Syst
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
EST 160Intro to Electronic Systems
EGR 301Fall Concentration Project
EGR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 402Engineering Capstone Proj II
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