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Ahn, Benjamin


Benjamin Ahn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University (OSU). Before joining OSU, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. Benjamin received his B.E. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia), his M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Education from Purdue University. After graduation, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Benjamin’s research centers on developing engineering students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes through high-quality engineering education experiences. Benjamin applies his training in both engineering education and aerospace engineering to (1) examine the onboarding process for new engineers in the workplace (workforce development) and identify the professional skills required for the next generations of engineers (professional skill development); (2) investigate mentoring practices to support the inquiry, investigation, and discovery of diverse engineering students in research settings (mentoring); and (3) explore technologies and pedagogies that enhance students’ acquisition of technical knowledge and problem-solving skills (teaching mechanisms).