IDEEAS Lab Improving Decisions in Engineering Education Agents and Systems

Lab Members

Graduate Students

Name: Isil Anakok

Background: Isil holds a B.s in Mechatronics Engineering from Kocaeli University in Turkey, and a M.s in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Before she joined Virginia Tech, she worked as an R&D Engineer in wood industry for two years. She worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and taught Mechanical Engineering Lab courses for three years. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She has been working as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion. She is a Diversity Scholar and was inducted to the Bouchet Honor Society in 2022. She has been contributing to various projects related to engineering ethics education, natural language processing, service learning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Research interests: Engineering ethics, engineering design, service learning, DEI
Dissertation topic: Engineering ethics
Contact information: ianakok at vt dot edu
Twitter: @isilanakok
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Name: Yasir Gamieldien

Background: Yasir is currently a PhD candidate in The Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering in 2013 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 2018 from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has worked in Control Engineering in the Petrochemical Industry after graduating until 2016 before pursuing a career in education. While studying to be a high school mathematics and physical sciences teacher, Yasir spent a year teaching English in Japan. Upon returning to South Africa Yasir taught high school physical sciences from 2018 to 2021 before joining the engineering education program at Virginia Tech.
Research interests: Teaching and Learning, Metacognition, Self-Regulated Learning, Natural Language Processing.
Dissertation topic: Self-regulated learning during a first year engineering ill-structured problem solving course.
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Name: Tina Griesinger

Background: Engineering educator
Research interests: Sustainability, remote teaching and learning, engineering for all
Dissertation topic: Students’ interests in pursuing careers in sustainability
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Name: Amanda Ross

Background: Before joining ENGE and VT in the fall of 2021, Amanda completed her B.S. in mathematics and computer science with a minor in statistics from UMBC in spring 2021. While at UMBC, she also pursued her interests in education by being part of the Sherman Scholars program. Through this program, she worked in Baltimore City public schools, helping to teach math and computer science to students in grades 5-12.
Research interests: Computer science education, pedagogy, curriculum design and development, student experiences (with a focus on introductory courses)
Dissertation topic: Undecided
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Name: Lisa Schibelius

Background: Lisa is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech after working in the aerospace industry for 4+ years with Airbus Americas
Engineering. She has experience in project management, aircraft upgrades, and process automation as an engineer in airworthiness & certification and retrofit of aircraft cabins in Upgrade Services. Her background includes a B.S. and M.S degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace engineering from the University of South Alabama. She aspires to use her connections from industry to bridge the gap between engineering education and industry needs, while helping students in their own personal development to become creative problem-solvers and well-rounded, global engineers. She has teaching and mentoring experience from introductory robotics with elementary students, flight dynamics and mentoring for middle-schoolers, and graduate teaching assistantships for foundations of engineering for first-year students, Global STEM Practice: Leadership and Culture with the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) at VT, and thermal science with senior-level mechanical engineering students.
Research interests: academia-industry alignment, global engineering, cultural awareness, sustainable engineering, art and creativity in engineering (but her research interests continue to evolve and expand).
Dissertation topic: In progress
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Twitter: @lisaschibelius LinkedIn
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CV: See PDF attachment

Name: Umair Shakir

Background: Umair holds bachelor’s and master’s in civil engineering (University of Engineering Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, and will hold Ph.D. Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, USA (expected in Spring 2023). He has ten years of professional experience ranging from professional engineer in the National Engineering Services Pakistan (5 years), to Dubai (1-years), and to assistant professor (The University of Lahore-3 years). He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). During his Ph.D., Umair has served as a graduate research assistant on NSF projects and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Engineering Education at VT. He has analytical skills in python and R. In addition to this, he is currently using the state of the art natural language processing (NLP) techniques to analyze large-scale qualitative data. Ultimately, Umair aspires to serve a leadership role as an international development sector agent, contributing to both educational physical infrastructure and evidenced-based national educational policy.
Research interests: Equity of educational opportunities regardless of class, gender, religion, or location; engineering ethics; program assessment; corruption in the construction industry
Dissertation topic: NLP and engineering ethics assessment