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Jennifer Bekki

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Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180
Biography

Jennifer M. Bekki is an Associate Professor in the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. She currently serves as the Graduate Program Chair for the Engineering Education Systems and Design PhD program. Dr. Bekki joined the faculty in 2008 after completing her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at ASU, and she teaches a wide range of courses in the engineering and manufacturing engineering programs as well as programs in the Engineering Education Systems and Design PhD program. Her research interests include educational data mining/learner analytics, student persistence, STEM graduate students, online learning, modeling and analysis of complex manufacturing systems, and the development of new discrete event simulation methodologies.

Bekki is the co-director of the interdisciplinary ASU CareerWISE research program, which strives to: 1) increase women’s persistence in science and engineering doctoral programs through the development and evaluation of the efficacy of an online resilience and interpersonal communication training program and 2) characterize the experiences of women who are pursuing and leaving Ph.D. programs in science and engineering and use this characterization to develop theoretical models of these same women’s persistence.

She is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Society for Women Engineers (SWE). 

Education
  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, 2008
  • MSE, Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, 2006
  • BSE, Bioengineering, Arizona State University, 1998
Research Interests
  • Engineering student persistence (particularly women doctoral students and undergraduate online students)
  • Educational data mining / learner analytics (particularly applied to online learning)
  • Understanding the experiences of women graduate students in STEM
  • Assessment and measurement of engineering student and faculty outcomes (e.g., attitudes, beliefs,persistence)
  • Discrete event simulation methodology
  • Modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems (particularly high-tech, high volume manufacturing systems)
Research Group

CareerWISE helps women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs find ways to better manage the challenges in their immediate environments and expand personal skills for thriving in their future career environments. The CareerWISE resource is an individualized online program that pairs empirically based pedagogical content with an interactive simulated environment that provides users with practice opportunities. It is the first program of its kind to provide systematic training in interpersonal communication skills customized for female students in STEM. The program is built on an extensive foundation of theory and research on psychological processes, environmental context, and personal behaviors that contribute to women’s experiences in academic and career paths.

Publications
  • Batur, D. & Bekki, J.M, & Chen, X. (2017) Quantile regression-based metamodeling: Toward improved responsiveness to changing customer demand patterns in the high-tech electronics manufacturing industry.  In press with European Journal of Operational Research.  Availble online (early) at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377221717305386.  DOI:  10.1016/j.ejor.2017.06.020.
  • Bekki, J.M Ayela-Uwangue, A., McKenna, A.,., Kellam, N.N., Lande, M., & Brunhaver, S.R. (2017).  WIP:  I want to try that too!: Development of a conceptual framework for interventions that encourage pedagogical risk-taking among faculty.  Proceedings of the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference.
  • Bernstein, B.L., Bekki, J.M., Harrison, C.J., & Wilkins, K.G. (2016).  Analysis of instructional support elements for an online, educational simulation on active listening for women graduate students in engineering and the physical sciences.  Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 28(2), 136-171.
  • Azarnoush, B., Paynabar, K., Bekki, J.M., & Runger, G.C. (2016). Monitoring temporal homogeneity in network streams. Journal of Quality Technology, 48(1), 1 - 16. 
  • Dawson, A. E.*, Bernstein, B. L., Bekki, J. M., & Wilkins, K. G.  (2016). Teaching interpersonal communications skills: Comparing the fidelity of online simulations.  Prevention and Health Promotion: Research, Social Action, Practice and Training, 9(1), 32-25. 
  • McKenna, A., Kellam, N., Lande, M., Brunhaver, S., Jordan, S., Bekki, J., Carberry, A., & London, J.  (2016) Instigating a revolution of additive innovation:  An educational ecosystem of making and risk taking.  In the Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference (paper ID #15406).
  • Wilkins, K., Bernstein, B., & Bekki, J.M. (2015).  Measuring communication skills:  Development of the STEM-interpersonal communication skills assessment battery. Journal of Engineering Education, 104(4), 433-453.    
  • Primé, D., Bernstein, B.L., Wilkins, K.G., & Bekki, J.M.  (2015). Measuring the advising alliance for female graduate students in science and engineering:  An emerging structure.  Journal of Career Assessment, 23 (1), 64-78. 
  • Dawson, A.E., Bernstein, B.L., & Bekki, J.M. (2015).  Providing the psychosocial benefits of mentoring to women in STEM:  CareerWISE as an online solution. New Directions in Higher Education, 171, 53-62. 
  • Dawson, A., Bernstein, B.L., Wilkins, K., & Bekki, J.M. (2015).  Honing interpersonal communication skills for difficult situations:  Evidence for the effectiveness of an online instructional resource.  In Proceedings of the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference. 
  • Bekki, J.M., Bernstein, B.L. Fabert, N.S., Gildar, N.J., & Way, A. (2014).  Efficacy of an online resource for teaching interpersonal problem solving skills to women graduate students in engineering, Advances in Engineering Education, 4(2), 1 – 27. 
  • Bekki, J.M., Chen, X., & Batur, D.  (2014).  Steady-state quantile parameter estimation:  Empirical comparison of stochastic kriging and quantile regression,   In A. Tolk, S. D. Diallo, I. O. Ryzhov, L. Yilmaz, S. Buckley, & J. A. Miller (Eds.)  Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference (3880-3891).
  • Hildebrand, E.A., Bekki, J.M., Bernstein, B.L., & Harrison, C.J. (2013). Online learning environment design:  A heuristic evaluation, Computers in Education Journal, 4(4), 27 – 37. 
  • Azarnoush, B., Bekki, J.M., Runger, G.C., Bernstein, B.L., & Atkinson, R.K. (2013).   Toward a framework for learner segmentation.  Journal of Educational Data Mining, 5(2), 102-126, available online at:  http://www.educationaldatamining.org/JEDM/index.php/JEDM/article/view/45/.
  • Bekki, J.M., Smith, M.L., Bernstein, B.L., & Harrison, C.J. (2013). Effects of an online personal resilience training program for women in STEM doctoral programs. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 19(1), 17 – 35. 
  • Azarnoush, B., Bekki, J.M., Bernstein, B.L., & Runger, G.C. (2013). An associative based approach to analyzing an online learning environment.  In the Proceedings of the 2013 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference (paper ID # 7142).
  • Primé, D., Bernstein, B.L., Way, A., Hita, L., Liddell, T., Sarma, A., & Bekki, J.M. (2013).  Development of an internet-delivered communication curriculum for graduate women in STEM.  In the Proceedings of the 2013 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference (paper ID # 7544). 
  • Hynes, M., Carberry, A., Bekki, J.M., Lande, M., & McKenna, A. (2013).  What do engineers need to know: On the economics of product design, supply chain, and manufacturing.  In Proceedings of the 2013 Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES).
  • Ankeman, B.E., Bekki, J.M., Fowler, J., Mackulak, G.T., Nelson, B.L., & Yang, F. (2011). Simulation in production planning: An overview with emphasis on recent developments in cycle time estimation.  In K Kempf, P. Keskinocak, & R. Uzsoy (Eds.), Planning Production and Inventories in the Extended Enterprise:  A State of the Art Handbook, Volume 1 (565-592).  New York:  Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.
  • Bekki, J.M., Butler, C., & Dalrymple, O. (2012).  A mastery-based learning approach for undergraduate engineering programs.  In Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (915 – 920).
  • Wilkins, K.G., Bernstein, B.L., Bekki, J.M., Harrison, C.J., & Atkinson, R.K. (2012). Development of the science technology engineering and mathematics – active listening skills assessment (STEM-ALSA).  In Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (1218 – 1223).
  • Bekki, J.M., Mackulak, G.T., Fowler, J.W., & Nelson, B.L. (2010). Indirect cycle time quantile estimation using the Cornish-Fisher expansion, IIE Transactions, 42, 31-44.
  • Bekki, J.M., Nelson, B.L., & Fowler, J.W. (2010). Bootstrapping-based fixed-width confidence intervals for ranking and selection.  In B. Johansson, S. Jain, J. Montoya-Torres, J. Hugan, & E. Yücesan (Eds.) In Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference (1024-1033). 
  • Murguia, E., Kube, E., Bekki, J.M., & Bernstein, B.L. (2010) CareerWISE:  An interdisciplinary experience for graduate students.  In Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (AC 2010-2235).  
  • Doss, A.N., Bekki, J.M., Henderson, M., Akhavan, O., & Tsang, J. (2010) Creating supply chains for new ventures in developing countries.  In Proceedings of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 2010 Annual Conference.  
  • Bekki, J.M., Fowler, J.W., Mackulak, G.T., & Kulahci, M. (2009). Simulation-based cycle-time quantile estimation in manufacturing environments employing non-FIFO dispatching policies,” Journal of Simulation, 3, 69-83.  
  • Rohlfing, J., Yabko, B., Kube, E., Murguia, E., Bekki., J.M., & Bernstein, B.L. (2009) Improving STEM doctoral students’ relationships with their advisors: Web-based training in interpersonal problem solving.  In Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (AC 2009-914).  
  • Bekki, J.M., Bernstein, B.L., Ellison, K., Sridharan, A., Hita, L., Spadola, Q. (2008).  Work in progress:  Using case studies to increase the retention of female doctoral students in STEM fields.  In Proceedings of the 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (T4F9-T4F10).
  • Bekki, J.M., Fowler, J.W., Mackulak, G.T., & Nelson, B.L. (2007). Using quantiles in ranking and selection procedures.  In S. G. Henderson, B. Biller, M.-H. Hsieh, J. Shortle, J. D. Tew, & R. R. Barton (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2007 Winter Simulation Conference (1722-1728).  
  • Bekki, J.M., Mackulak, G.T., & Fowler, J.W.  (2006). Indirect cycle-time quantile estimation for non-FIFO dispatching policies.  In L.F. Perrone, F.P. Wieland, J. Liu, B.G. Lawson, D.M. Nicol, & R.M. Fujimoto (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2006 Winter Simulation Conference (1829 – 1835). 
  • Mackulak, G.T., Fowler, J.W., Park, S., & McNeill, J. (2005). A three-phase simulation methodology for generating accurate and precise cycle time-throughput curves,” International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 1(1/2), 35-48
Research Activity
  • Ann McKenna (PI), Micah Lande (Co-PI), Nadia Kellam (Co-PI), Samantha Brunhaver (Co-PI), Shawn Jordan (Co-PI), Adam Carberry (Senior Personnel).  IUSEPFE: RED: Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking. NSF-ENG-EEC(7/1/2015 - 6/30/2020, ).
  • Ann McKenna (PI), Jim Collofello (Co-PI/PI, ASU), Jennifer Bekki (Co-Investigator), Samantha Brunhaver (Co-Investigator), Adam Carberry (Co-Investigator), Jeremi London (Co-Invesitagor).  Transforming Engineering Education through Student & Faculty Mindset Development:  Establishing a National Engineering Faculty Training Collaborative and Model EM University.  Kern Family Foundation. 
  • Bianca Bernstein (PI),  Jennifer Bekki (Co-PI). Large Empirical Emerging Topics: CareerWise II: Enhanced Resilience Training for STEM Women in an Interactive Multimodal Web-Based Environment. NSF-EHR(9/15/2009 - 8/31/2015).

 

 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-TPSThe ASU Experience
MFG 485Engineering Internship
EGR 572Quant Meth in Eng Ed Res
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
EGR 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 673App Quant Meth Eng Ed Res
EGR 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MFG 485Engineering Internship
EGR 572Quant Meth in Eng Ed Res
EGR 580Practicum
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 599Thesis
EGR 599Thesis
EGR 792Research
EGR 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 318Manufacturing Systems Proj II
EGR 485Engineering Internship
MET 515Manufacturing Simulation
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
EGR 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 101Found of Eng Design Proj I
EGR 382Modeling Manufacturing Sys I
MET 415Manufacturing Simulation
MET 515Manufacturing Simulation
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
MAE 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 485Engineering Internship
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 318Manufacturing Systems Proj II
EGR 382Modeling Manufacturing Sys I
MET 415Manufacturing Simulation
MET 515Manufacturing Simulation
EGR 584Internship
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 592Research
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 101Found of Eng Design Proj I
EGR 382Modeling Manufacturing Sys I
MET 415Manufacturing Simulation
EGR 485Engineering Internship
MET 515Manufacturing Simulation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 318Manufacturing Systems Proj II
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 101Intro to Engineering Design I
EGR 382Modeling Manufacturing Sys I
MET 415Manufacturing Simulation
MET 515Manufacturing Simulation
SMC 521Methods Tools Simulation Model
EGR 584Internship
EGR 590Reading and Conference
EGR 593Applied Project
EGR 599Thesis
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
EGR 102Intro to Engineering Design II
Honors / Awards
  • Selection to the 2013 National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. 
  • Department of Engineering, Teaching Recognition Award, 2013, Arizona State University (Faculty Award).
  • College of Technology and Innovation 2012 Excellence in Diversity Award (Faculty/Staff Award)
  • Arizona State University Faculty Women’s Association 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award (Doctoral Student Award)
  • Intel/Semiconductor Research Corporation Doctoral Fellowship,  2003 - 2008
Professional Associations
• Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) • Omega Rho (Operations Research and Management Science Honor Society) • Society for Women Engineers (SWE)
Service

Selected ASU Service Activities:

  • Graduate Program Chair, Engineering Education Systems and Design PhD Program, The Polytechnic School, Fall 2015 – Present
  • Member, Promotion & Tenure Committee, The Polytechnic School, Fall 2015 - Present
  • Member, Executive Committee, Simulation Modeling, and Applied Cognitive Science (SMACS) PhD Program, 2011 –2015.
  • Search Committees
  • Chair, Search Committee (Engineering Education Position), The Polytechnic School, Fall 2016 – Present
    • Chair, Search Committee (Advanced Manufacturing Position), The Polytechnic School, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
    • Chair, Search Committee (Advanced Manufacturing Position), The Polytechnic School, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
    • Member, Search Committee (Lecturer, EGR 101/EGR 102), The Polytechnic School, Spring 2015 – Summer 2015
    • Member, Manufacturing Lecturer Search Committee, The Polytechnic School, Summer, 2014
    • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Manufacturing Technology, 2011
    • Member, Faculty Search Committee, Engineering Department, 2010 – 2011
  • Curriculum Committee Participation
    • Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, The Polytechnic School, Fall 2014 – Spring 2016
    • Member, Curriculum Committee, Fulton Schools of Engineering, Fall 2014 – Fall, 2015
    • Member, Undergraduate Committee, Department of Engineering, 2013-2014, 2010 – 2011, 2008 – 2009 academic years.
    • Member, Sophomore Year Curriculum Development Ad Hoc Committee, Department of Engineering, Spring 2012
    • Member, Lower Division Project Alignment Working Group, Department of Engineering, Summer, 2013
    • Chair, Manufacturing Engineering Curriculum Development Group, Department of Engineering, Spring 2012 – Spring 2013. 
    • Member, Freshman Year Project Course Curriculum Redesign Group, Department of Engineering, Summer 2012
Consulting
  • 2008 -- Microchip Technology, Inc. – Chandler, AZ
    • Developed discrete event simulation model of wafer test operations to be used as a decision support tool in inventory management.
Industry Positions
  • (2001):  Manufacturing Modeling Engineer, Operational Decision Support Technology Group at Intel – Chandler, AZ