Donna Riley
Donna M. Riley
Kamyar Haghighi Head and Professor Purdue University
Joined OEC on 10/19/2009
Donna Riley is Professor and Kamyar Haghighi Head in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue, Riley served as Professor and Interim Head in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Riley served as Program Director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation from 2013-2015. She spent the first part of her career as a founding faculty member in the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the nation's first engineering program at a women's college. Riley earned her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University. In 2005 Riley received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for implementing pedagogies of liberation -- feminist and critical pedagogies based on the work of Paulo Freire, bell hooks, and others -- into engineering education. Her research continues to concentrate on engineering ethics, social inequality in engineering education, the liberal education of engineers, and social justice and engineering. In 2012, she received the Sterling Olmsted Award from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) “for distinguished contributions in the development and teaching of liberal arts in engineering education.” She is the author of two books, "Engineering and Social Justice" and "Engineering Thermodynamics and 21st Century Energy Problems." She served two years as deputy editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and is one of the founding editors of the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace. She is a Fellow of ASEE.
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