Today, I began my role as Lecturer and Curriculum Designer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) Program. NEET offers sophomore-to-senior-year engineering students the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects, combining creativity, collaboration, and hands-on experience. The program is arranged by threads, e.g., autonomous machines, living machines, digital cities, and more. My role in NEE
On November 11th, my manuscript Model-based systems thinking: Assessing engineering student teams was published in IEEE Transactions on Education. In this article, my co-authors and I apply our Systems Thinking Assessment Rubric (STAR) to conceptual models of technological systems constructed by teams of undergraduate engineering students. Student teams selected a real-life consumer-facing application, such as Dropbox, Waze, Amazon, and so forth, and constructed complex conce
Yesterday, I received an email message from the Technion's Graduation Office that I have been awarded a doctorate (PhD). This is the culmination of 4.5 years of persistence dotted with peaks of satisfaction and troughs of frustration. For me, this marks the completion of one milestone in my journey. My PhD thesis title is "Investigating 21st Century Skills in STEM Higher Education". The thesis is concerned with 21st century skills such as systems thinking, and metacognition,
On November 1st, my manuscript Graphical Tools for Conceptualizing Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education was published in Journal of Chemical Education. In this article, my co-authors and I describe and compare contemporary tools for conceptualising systems and systems thinking in that can be applied in chemistry education. The article is part of a research project concerned with assessing model-based systems thinking in science and engineering education.