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Ann McKenna

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Director and Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2080
Biography

Ann F. McKenna is a Professor and Director of the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. McKenna recently served as a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education (2012-2015), the leading research journal in the field of engineering education. She recently completed a two-year term (2011-2013) as a Director of the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She was a member of the Advisory Board for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium (2011-2013), as well as a Panel Member for Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) Chairs in Design Engineering (CDE) program (2011-2014).

Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes of design, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, the impact and diffusion of education innovations, and teaching approaches of engineering faculty. She has twice been the recipient of the ASEE best overall paper award (1998 and 2011), as well as the recipient of the outstanding paper award from the IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference (1997). Her work in the area of design education has been nationally recognized by being a best paper finalist for three consecutive years, 2009, 2010, and 2011 in the Design in Engineering Education Division of ASEE (winning the award in 2011). Dr. McKenna works across the disciplinary lines of engineering, education and design and has published in diverse disciplinary venues including Science, the Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Computer, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, and Teaching in Higher Education.

Research Interests

Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on understanding the diffusion and impact of educational innovations, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, teaching approaches of engineering faculty, and characterizing the (eco)system of engineering education such as the inputs, outputs, and many variables that are part of, and influence the system.

Links to Research Project Web Sites:

I-Corps-L

http://www.asee.org/i-corps-l/about

Virtual Communities of Practice

http://www.asee.org/asee-vcp

Deep Insights Anytime, Anywhere--DIA2

http://www.dia2.org

Product Archaeology

http://productarchaeology.org/

 

 

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 574Eng Sys in Context
DCI 792Research
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 535Engineer Innovation/Entrepren
HSE 792Research
EGR 792Research
HSE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-TPSThe ASU Experience
SMC 792Research
EGR 792Research
DCI 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SMC 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SMC 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 402Professional Design Project II
MET 461Capstone Project II
EST 471Capstone Design II
DCI 792Research
SMC 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SMC 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 402Professional Design Project II
MET 461Capstone Project II
EST 471Capstone Design II
SMC 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CTI 101Success in Tech & Innov
EGR 402Professional Design Project II
MET 461Capstone Project II
EST 471Capstone Design II
DCI 792Research
SMC 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SMC 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 402Professional Design Project II
MET 461Capstone Project II
EST 471Capstone Design II
EGR 593Applied Project
MET 595Continuing Registration
EGR 595Continuing Registration
EST 595Continuing Registration
CST 595Continuing Registration
EGR 599Thesis
SMC 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 402Engineering Capstone Proj II
MET 461Capstone Project II
EST 471Capstone Design II
EGR 584Internship
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EST 595Continuing Registration
MET 595Continuing Registration
EGR 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
SMC 792Research
SMC 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MET 595Continuing Registration
EST 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 294Special Topics
EGR 401Engineering Capstone Project I
EGR 402Engineering Capstone Proj II
MET 460Capstone Project I
MET 595Continuing Registration
EST 595Continuing Registration