EED Seminar April 7, 2016

Structured Pairing in an Electronics Laboratory and a Model of Research Mentoring

This presentation is on two unrelated projects:

 in an electronics laboratory for first-year engineering students, we conducted a quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study of an adaptation of pair programming, which we called structured pairing. To compare lab sections that used structured pairing with those that used traditional groups, we administered a survey and conducted focus group to obtain data on student confidence, satisfaction, and retention.
 a grounded theory study analyzed the reflective journals and mentoring philosophy statements of 18 graduate student mentors for an undergraduate summer research program. We developed a model of research mentoring that describes how the mentoring relationship can evolve and explains how mismatched expectations can arise.


Michael C. Loui is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. He serves as Editor of Journal of Engineering Education and as a member of the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at M.I.T. in 1980.


Location of this seminar is 216 Hitchcock Hall.