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Research

The Department of Engineering Education (EED) is a newly formed unit at The Ohio State University. Our tenure-track and clinical faculty are conducting groundbreaking research in many areas, including: 

Diversity and Inclusion

Research in this area examines factors contributing to and impacts from underrepresentation groups in engineering.

  • Underrepresented students
  • Race
  • Women
  • Diversity
  • Inclusivity

Design

Research in this area examines the development and assessment of design in engineering students and professionals.

  • Design practice
  • Design projects
  • Design thinking
  • Customer-centered design
  • Industry sponsors
  • Teamwork
  • Capstone projects

Professional Development of Engineers

Research in this area examines factors in the development of engineers as professionals.

  • Business Thinking
  • Collaborative processes
  • Engineering leadership
  • Entrepreneurial-minded learning
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Professional Development
  • Spatial Ability
  • First year
  • Graduate Education

Pedagogies, Assessment, and Evaluation 

Research in this area examines classroom practices and on measuring the impact of these practices on student learning, motivation, and attitudes.

  • Project-based learning
  • Student assessment
  • Mixed methods
  • Authentic learning
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Informal learning
  • Intersection of motivation and identity
  • Problem solving
  • Student impact of institutional change
  • Student attitudes

Technical Communication 

Research in this area examines best practices in developing and assessing communication skills in engineering students.

  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Writing pedagogy
  • Rhetoric

Strategic Partnerships 

Research in this area examines engineering in a broader cultural context and examines the educational practices that will instill this understanding in engineering students.

  • Cultural studies
  • Commercialization of educational innovations
  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Global and international engineering education
  • Museum studies

Engineering in P-12

Research in this area examines P-12 students and teachers as they relate to engineering.

  • Teacher development
  • STEAM

In addition to taking courses and conducting research with the EED’s internationally recognized faculty, OSU graduate students have the opportunity to contribute to the development and direction of a growing department. 


The research currently being performed within the EED seeks to answer these important questions.

What factors provide for the success of our graduate teaching assistants?

● How can we better understand diversity and inclusion of engineering on a systematic level and at global scale?

● How can we train our engineers to be effective communicators?

● What is the impact of engineering students in society and on the workforce?

● How can we improve awareness, access, and retention of those underrepresented within engineering?

 

Our department is poised to develop research outcomes that will be a driving force for positive evidence-based change.