One of the privileges of growing in a field is the opportunity to give back to the community through service. This page details the many ways in which I've had the opportunity to serve. After listing my service experience, I highlight the honors, awards, and grants I've received over the years.


Invited Presentations/Panels

Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity Arts & Technology Day: Approaches to Innovation, Panel Speaker, 2015
Virginia Tech Student Transition Engineering Program (STEP), Presentation, July 2014

  • Mindsets: Exploring Dweck’s Growth and Fixed Mindsets
  • Challenged incoming freshmen engineering students to consider their developmental mindset and how it impacts their education and professional development as up and-coming leaders.

Rose-Hulman Students Exploring Alternate Career Tracks Workshop, Panel Member, 2013
Rose Startup!, Advisor and Breakout Session Leader, 2013
Virginia Tech College of Engineering Graduate Fellowship Support, Panel Member, 2012


American Society for Engineering Management Internationals Annual Conference – 2015
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference

  • Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation (ENT) Division – General & Best Paper Reviewer, 2015
  • Graduate Studies Division – 2015

The Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research (CHEER), 2011–2012
Virginia Tech College of Engineering Graduate Fellowship Support, 2012


American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference

  • Educational Research & Methods Division – 2015

University (all at Virginia Tech)

Innovation Pathways Minor Development Committee, Member, 2015-present
Assessor for the Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) Workshop sponsored by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2012-2014

  • Develop and implement post-workshop assessment instrument.
  • Compile assessment data and prepare yearly summative and multi-year cumulative reports.
  • Work closely with the workshop facilitators to support the workshop’s success by provide real-time feedback (i.e., what’s working, what’s not, and opportunities for improvement).

Video about the VT inVenT's Design Lab - 
University Innovation Summit, Assessment, Data Collection, and Support Staff, 2012
Virginia Tech Engineering Communication Center, Technology Support, 2011-2013
NSF Engineering Education Awardees Conference, Support Personnel, 2012
Information Resource Officer for the VT ASEE Student Chapter


Strategic Team Member, Northstar Church, 2012-2013

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Honors and Awards

2017 American Society of Engineering Education - Educational Research & Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Award Recipient
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2012-2016)
Best Graduate Student Paper, Graduate Studies Division, 2014 ASEE Conference and Exposition
Paper Finalist for Best in Design, DEED Division, 2012 ASEE Conference and Exposition
2009-2010 Beginning Teacher of the Year, Plano Senior High School


Rowan University Seed Funding Program (2017)

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Level of Responsibility: Co-PI
  • Co-PI: Dr. Cheryl Bodnar

Course and Program Grant for The Startup Class (2013)

  • Sponsor: National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
  • Amount: $41,000
  • Level of Responsibility: Co-Author on Grant Proposal
  • PIs and Co-Authors: Drs. John “Jack” Lesko, Marie C. Paretti, Lisa D. McNair, Stephanie G. Adams