Carnegie Mellon University
June 07, 2017

Christian Awarded Wimmer Faculty Fellowship

CEE Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Christian was recently selected as one of five 2017- 2018 Wimmer Faculty Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. These fellowships provide an opportunity for young faculty members to focus on designing or redesigning a course, innovating new materials, or exploring a new pedagogical approach.

As a Wimmer Fellow, Christian is looking to innovate the  junior-level core course, Materials lab, by developing laboratory experiences to encourage students to “think like engineers” by making them more open-ended and inquiry-based.

By reformatting the exercises, students will be able to think critically about which material properties are relevant, design experiments, and interpret the data they collect to make engineering decisions.

Christian will also create a rubric to measure the extent to which this approach enhances students’ comprehension of fundamental concepts and ability to apply them to real-world engineering problems encountered in the field.