Purdue Names Head of School of Engineering Education

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Purdue’s College of Engineering has selected Donna Riley as the next Kamyar Haghighi head of the School of Engineering Education. She is currently a professor at Virginia Tech. Riley currently is interim head of the Engineering Education Department at Virginia Tech. She takes on the leadership of Purdue’s School of Engineering Education on July 1. Riley previously worked as program director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation. Prior to that, she spent 13 years as a founding faculty member of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. Most recently, Riley received the 2016 Alfred N. Goldsmith Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Professional Communications Society. She is the author of two books and a 2005 recipient of a CAREER award from NSF. Purdue’s School of Engineering Education was created in 2004, under the leadership of Professor Kamyar Haghighi. It was the first department or school of its kind in the nation. Riley succeeds Professor David Radcliffe, who served as head from 2009-2016. Audeen Fentiman, associate dean of Graduate Education and Interdisciplinary Programs and Crowley Family Professor in Engineering Education, served as interim head of Engineering Education this year.

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