School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)
What is your educational and professional background?
I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. My doctoral thesis topic was A Neurofeedback-Based Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Brain-Computer Interface.
My Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering was competed at the University of Ottawa and my thesis was Development and Usability Testing of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Physician-Parent Decision Support Tool.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University with an honours thesis on Development, Implementation, and Testing of Temporal QM/MM
What are your research/teaching interests and current projects?
I am engaged in several initiatives, including: coordinating a multi-disciplinary Teaching Design Showcase; developing the UBCO Design Thinking Hub; engaging engineering students in entrepreneurship; running a longitudinal research study on applied science graduates and running outreach events to encourage more women to enter the field of engineering.
Along with fellow Educational Leadership Stream faculty members Dr. Carolyn Labun and Dr. Jannik Eikenaar, I organized the first annual campus wide Teaching Design Showcase this May. The event showcased how instructors from various disciplines teach and evaluate design in the undergraduate classroom, and allowed for cross-disciple knowledge exchange and collaboration. The Teaching Design Showcase was a success and featured 15 UBC Okanagan faculty members from Management, Education, Computer Science, Engineering, Creative and Critical Studies, Health and Exercise Sciences, Psychology and Chemistry. In response to overwhelmingly positive feedback, planning for our next Teaching Design Showcase has already started.
I am also actively encouraging engineering students to have a more entrepreneurial mindset both inside and outside the classroom. I am working alongside Dr. Ray Taheri and Dr. Susan Crichton to develop a new blended learning module that will provide students from a variety of disciplines with the opportunity to obtain certificates (badges) in design thinking, design prototyping and manufacturing, and entrepreneurship, with an anticipated launch date of May 2018. Additionally, as a judge at this year’s annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp hosted by the Faculty of Management, I was thrilled to see a significant increase in participation by engineering students and their success at the event.
I am currently conducting a longitudinal research study to track Bachelor of Applied Science graduates post-graduation. I am hoping that the study will result in both academic and administrative outcomes, and be of potential benefit to individual students both locally and across Canada. Academically, the data could be used to inform curriculum design and pedagogical approaches. I believe that by better understanding the activities students are engaged in post-graduation, we will be able to make more effective changes to the curriculum to better meet student needs. Additionally, determining indicators of success post-graduation would allow us to stress the importance of these areas to our current students and put more effort into these initiatives.
Finally, I am actively engaged in recruiting more women into engineering. I am involved with several initiatives, including GoEng Girl, Women in Science and Engineering, and local science fairs. I hope to continue and grow my involvement with these initiatives in the future and serve as a role model for as many young women as possible.
Growing up in Victoria, BC, I fell in love with the Okanagan after going on a couple family vacations in the area. When my husband and I were looking for somewhere to move, we visited Kelowna and fell in love with the city, the people and the university. I am thrilled to be able to call Kelowna my new home.
What are you passionate about outside work?
The Okanagan is an absolutely beautiful place. My husband and I try to spend as much time outside as we can. In the summer, I enjoy hiking, going to vineyards and swimming. As it gets colder, I look forward to getting involved in winter sports.