CREATE Science Seminar: Michael C. Loui


Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


252 Erickson Hall

Refreshments available at 11:45 a.m. This presentation is followed by a one-hour discussion with graduate students and post-docs in 115 Erickson at 1:15 p.m.

Structured Pairing in an Electronics Laboratory and A Model of Research Mentoring

Michael C. Loui

Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University

I will present two unrelated projects. First, in an electronics laboratory for first-year engineering students, we conducted a quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study of an adaptation of pair programming, which we called structured pairing. To compare lab sections that used structured pairing with lab sections that used traditional groups, we administered a survey and conducted focus group interviews to obtain data on student confidence, satisfaction, and retention. (Joint work with Nicholas Fila.) Second, in a grounded theory study, we analyzed the reflective journals and mentoring philosophy statements of eighteen graduate students mentors of undergraduate researchers in a summer research program. We developed a model of research mentoring that describes how mentoring relationship can evolve and explains how mismatched expectations can arise. (Joint work with Renata Revelo Alonso.) 

About the Speaker:
Michael C. Loui is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. He serves as Editor of Journal of Engineering Education and as a member of editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was associate dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned his Ph.D. at M.I.T. in 1980.