I am the Director of the Margaret Jones Wyllie '45 Engineering Program and Professor in the Department of Engineering and Physics at Sweet Briar College. I teach undergraduate courses in engineering and physics and graduate courses in education. I've recently taught, for example, Mechatronics (Spring 2016, ENGR 324), Systems Modeling and Controls (Fall 2015, ENGR 415), Circuits w/lab (Fall 2015, ENGR 221), Capstone Design (Spring 2016, ENGR 451) and Technology and Society: A Global Perspective (Spring 2015, ENGR 232).
We are proud to be the 2nd women's college in the US with an ABET accredited engineering degree. We are committed to increasing the number of women interested in pursuing an engineering education. We host three Explore Engineering events for high school women each year (Summer 2016 media coverage- WSET and WDBJ7). Watch this short video to find out more about our summer Explore Engineering program. Be warned, I speak in it.
I recently co-authored an Instrumental Analysis textbook with Rob Granger, Jill Granger, and Karl Sienerth for Oxford University Press (available on Amazon). My research interests are in condensed matter physics, optics, and nanostructured thin films. I am engaged in local and global service learning in engineering courses. We go to Brazil every other year as part of this effort (Information about travel for our summer 2015 project in Brazil) and have partnered with Lynchburg Sheltered Industries.
I've also been active with STEM teacher professional development (2013 paper in Science and Children and a 2016 paper in Science Scope). Recent funding came from SCHEV NCLB for our project Expanding Inquiry Teaching in STEM Across Central Virginia (2014-2015, $181,326). The Science by Inquiry Project at Sweet Briar College has been a community of teacher-scholar-researchers who take an investigative approach to the teaching and learning of science and mathematics.
I've been at Sweet Briar since 2002. I was also here from 1999-2000. I was an engineer at Lucent Technologies/OFS Specialty Photonics in the in-between time. I spent a year long sabbatical at Virginia Tech from 2007-2008 doing research on rapid switching, nanostructured, electrochromic devices. I spent my spring 2014 sabbatical working on our Instrumental Analysis textbook project with colleagues in chemistry from Sweet Briar and Elon University.
I earned a BS in physics in 1994 from the College of Charleston and PhD in physics in 1999 under Prof. R.T. Williams from Wake Forest University.
> News and Advance (Central VA newspaper) editorial board gives Explore Engineering program thumbs up (2014)
> The St. Ambrose PATU website
> Story from PBS Newshour that featured our work from www.stem4teachers.org (2013)