Research interests include: Recruitment and retention of female students in Engineering Technology is a major area of interest. Scholarly work involves the design and implementation of embedded systems, specifically with applications in the fields of power and energy and entertainment.
Current Role/Title/Years at RIT: Assistant Professor - 1 year
Previous Role: Adjunct Professor - 6 years
Digital Design Engineer - Harris RF Communications - 5 years
Integrated Circuit Design Engineer - Texas Instruments - 5 years
Areas of Interest, Scholarly Work, Research
Recruitment and retention of female students in Engineering Technology has been a major area of interest for me. I am a founding member and have remained actively involved in Women In Technology (WIT) at RIT. WIT is a group that was formed in 2003 to provide both social and academic support to female students enrolled in engineering technology disciplines. The objective of WIT is to help retain female engineering technology students with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of female graduates in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Civil, Electrical, Computer, Telecommunications and Packaging Science. Within WIT, I am the coordinator of the Girl Scouts in Technology Days offered three times per year on campus. This highly successful outreach program, aimed at girls in grades 4-7 attempts to show girls in this age group that science can be both interesting in fun and, most importantly, that females can be scientists and engineers. The Girls Scouts in Technology Days are currently being funded by a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
My scholarly work involves the design and implementation of embedded systems, specifically with applications in the fields of power and energy and entertainment.
The project I am currently working on is the hardware implementation, in an FPGA, of a Fourier Series Waveform Classification algorithm for Digital Signals.
I am also developing a set of modules that can be used to teach and integrated hardware/software approach in embedded systems. Each module includes lecture material, questions and a hands-on demonstration. The ultimate goal for this set of modules is to be published as a textbook.
Boards and Professional Affiliations
ASEE - American Society of Engineering Educators
WEPAN - Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network
NYSETA - New York State Engineering Technology Association