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Ann.McKenna@asu.edu

Chair & Professor
CTI Department Of Engineering
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
Mail Code: 2180

7171 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall Peralta 330B (Map)
(480)727-5121

Bio

Ann F. McKenna is Chair of the Department of Engineering in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). Prior to joining ASU she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. McKenna is active in her professional community and is currently serving as a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education, the leading research journal in the field of engineering education. She recently completed a two-year term (2011-2013) as a Director of the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She is a also a member of the Advisory Board for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, as well as a Panel Member for Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) Chairs in Design Engineering (CDE) program.

Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes of design, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, the impact and diffusion of education innovations, and teaching approaches of engineering faculty. She has twice been the recipient of the ASEE best overall paper award (1998 and 2011), as well as the recipient of the outstanding paper award from the IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference (1997). Her work in the area of design education has been nationally recognized by being a best paper finalist for three consecutive years, 2009, 2010, and 2011 in the Design in Engineering Education Division of ASEE (winning the award in 2011). Dr. McKenna works across the disciplinary lines of engineering, education and design and has published in diverse disciplinary venues including Science, the Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Computer, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, and Teaching in Higher Education.

Research Interests

Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on understanding the cognitive and social processes of design, design teaching and learning, the role of adaptive expertise in design and innovation, teaching approaches of engineering faculty, and the diffusion and impact of curricular innovations.

Links to Research Project Web Sites:

Product Archaeology

http://productarchaeology.org/

Prototyping the Engineer of 2020 (P360)

http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/e2020/p360

Spanning Design Boundaries

http://www.segal.northwestern.edu/events/2009/apr/16/nsf-design-workshop-spanning-design-boundaries/

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CST 595 Continuing Registration
EGR 402 Professional Design Project II
EGR 593 Applied Project
EGR 595 Continuing Registration
EGR 599 Thesis
EST 471 Capstone Design II
EST 595 Continuing Registration
MET 461 Capstone Project II
MET 595 Continuing Registration
SMC 792 Research
SMC 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 792 Research
EGR 402 Engineering Capstone Proj II
EGR 584 Internship
EGR 590 Reading and Conference
EGR 593 Applied Project
EGR 599 Thesis
EST 471 Capstone Design II
EST 595 Continuing Registration
MET 461 Capstone Project II
MET 595 Continuing Registration
SMC 792 Research
SMC 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EST 595 Continuing Registration
MET 595 Continuing Registration

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EGR 294 Special Topics
EGR 401 Engineering Capstone Project I
EGR 402 Engineering Capstone Proj II
EST 595 Continuing Registration
MET 460 Capstone Project I
MET 595 Continuing Registration

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
DCI 792 Research
EGR 401 Engineering Capstone Project I
EGR 494 Special Topics
EST 595 Continuing Registration
MET 595 Continuing Registration

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EGR 202 Spring Multidiscip Project

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EGR 201 Fall Multidisciplinary Project
EGR 229 Engnr Ethics & Professionalism
EGR 401 Engineering Capstone Project I

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EGR 202 Spring Multidiscip Project
EGR 224 Engineerng Materials Selection

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EGR 229 Engnr Ethics & Professionalism

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Mckenna,Ann Frances * , Jordan,Shawn Senneff , Lande,Micah , . TUES CRP Workshop: I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L): A Pilot Initiative to Scale Educational Innovations. U of Minn (10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015).
  2. Mckenna,Ann Frances * . Advancing Engineering Education through Virtual Communities of Practice. AMER SOC FOR ENGINEERING EDUCA (9/15/2012 - 8/31/2014).
  3. Mckenna,Ann Frances * Carberry,Adam Robert . Collaborative Research: Assessment of Product Archaeology as a Platform for Contextualizing Engineering Design. NSF-EHR-DUE (9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014).
  4. Mckenna,Ann Frances * . Collaborative Research: Deep Insights Anytime, Anywhere (DIA2) - Central Resource for Characterizing the TUES Portfolio through Interactive Knowledge. NSF-EHR-DUE (9/15/2011 - 8/31/2015).
  5. Mckenna,Ann Frances * . Exploring the Role of Computational Adaptive Expertise in Design and Innovation. NSF-ENG-EEC (8/31/2010 - 12/31/2013).

* principal investigator

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