SEIRI Alumni

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John Buckwalter
Research Associate

John has become increasingly involved in Career Technical Education at the local and State level and feels grateful that he can use skills learned from his SEIRI colleagues in forwarding best practices in Career Technical Education. John also is involved in K-12 STEM teacher observation in the "Educate Me" minority program through the Indiana Commission of Higher Education grant and is a member of his local school board which enrolls over ten thousand students.

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Justin Hess
Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Dr. Justin L Hess is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Previously, Justin served as assistant director of the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute at IUPUI. Dr. Hess's research interests include exploring empathy's functional role within engineering and evaluating students' learning in the spaces of design, ethics, sustainability, and innovation. Justin received his PhD from Purdue University's School of Engineering Education, along with a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As a doctoral student, Justin was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Justin is currently the program chair of the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division (LEES) with the American Society for Engineering Education, as well as chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Committee on Sustainability subcommittee on Formal Engineering Education.

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Tony Chase
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Indiana University

Tony Chase, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy. He is an expert in research methods and assessment whose research in childhood disability and mobility has resulted in a collaboration between Indiana University, Riley Hospital for Children, and The Crann Centre for Rehabilitation in Cork, Ireland. Prior to beginning his appointment as faculty at the School of Health & Human Sciences, Dr. Chase was an Evaluation and Research Specialist at the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute at IUPUI where he worked on research related to STEM Education, Educational Psychology, and Assessment. Dr. Chase graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in 2012, and received his M.S. in Organic Chemistry at Purdue University.He earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology & Research Methodology from Purdue University in 2016.

Dr. Chase focuses on assessment as it relates to children with disabilities. Specifically, his research focuses on improvement of mobility skills and social participation of children who are wheelchair users.

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Annwesa Dasgupta
Assistant Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, University of Mississippi

Annwesa Dasgupta is the Assistant Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at University of Mississippi. Annwesa will oversee and guide the advancement of Thinkforward, the University of Mississippi’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Thinkforward is designed to foster critical thinking skill development in lower-division, general education courses and co-curricular learning experiences by enhancing faculty development and modifying student learning environments. In operation, Annwesa in coordination with the QEP director, will make decisions about the effectiveness of QEP programs, modifications to the QEP programming, and the impact the QEP has on faculty, students, and the UM learning environment.

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Prathima Lakmala
Clinical Programmer, Comprehensive Research Solutions NIH/NCI, Bethesda, Maryland

Prathima Lakmala previously worked with SEIRI as a Graduate Research Assistant.

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Yujin Lee
Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota

Dr. Yujin Lee is an assistant professor of Math Education in School of Education and Human Development at University of North Dakota. Previously, Dr. Lee served as a postdoctoral researcher of SEIRI at IUPUI. During her time in SEIRI, she had been involved in numerous NSF proposals and granted projects, such as S-STEM, IUSE, and CAREER, as an external evaluator or a consultant. Dr. Lee received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Math Education from Texas A&M University with distinguished honor. Dr. Lee's research interests have been centered on curriculum design and evaluation in STEM education, affective mathematics engagement, innovative instructional practices (e.g., project-based learning (PBL)), large-scale national/international data (e.g., PISA, TIMSS, or STAAR). Her statistical expertise includes meta-analysis, SEM, and HLM. Her professional activities have been included in numerous conference presentations and articles.

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Virginia Rhodes
Project Director for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network’s (WEPAN) ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network, Washington, DC

Virginia Rhodes, M.S., is the Project Director for the Women in Engineering ProActive Network's (WEPAN) ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network, a National Science Foundation grant-funded project focused on advancing the culture of inclusion and diversity within STEM disciplines. She provides leadership and direction for all day-to-day operations and is primarily responsible for integrating activities across the ARC Network such as the Virtual Visiting Scholars Program, the ARC Research Board, the ARC Network Community, and in-person and virtual convenings.

Prior to joining WEPAN, Virginia served as a research associate at the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute and as project coordinator for Project EPIC, an NSF ADVANCE Adaptation grant. Virginia will bring the knowledge and experience she has gained working at SEIRI with her on the next stage of her career journey and is excited to continue promoting racial and gender equity within STEM and higher education.

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