Jessica Swenson

PhD

Jessica Swenson.

Jessica Swenson

PhD

Jessica Swenson

PhD

Assistant Professor
Teaching Areas: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Engineering

Specialty/Research Focus

Engineering design process and methods, undergraduate conceptual knowledge in engineering science courses, Learning Assistant programs, women and girls in engineering programs, epistemology, epistemological framing, productive disciplinary engagement, student discourse, and responsive teaching

Contact Information

140H Capen Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

jswenson@buffalo.edu

Biography Research Interests Teaching

Research Interests

Undergraduate Engineering Education with emphasis on the engineering design process and methods, undergraduate conceptual knowledge in engineering science courses, Learning Assistant programs, and women and girls in engineering programs. Interested in epistemology, epistemological framing, productive disciplinary engagement, student discourse, and responsive teaching.

Publications

  • Wendell, K., Swenson, J., & Dalvi, T. (2019). Epistemological framing and novice elementary teachers’ approaches to learning and teaching engineering design. Under revision for Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
  • LeBow, R., Wendell, K., & Swenson, J. (2018) High-Achieving Students’ Perceptions of and Approaches to Problem Solving in Introductory Engineering Science Courses (WIP). In Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Gallegos, H., Wendell, K., & Swenson, J. (2018) An Interview Study of Faculty, Course Assistant, and Student Insight within Teaching and Learning Assistant Programs for Undergraduate Engineering Courses (WIP). In Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Wendell, K., & Swenson, J. (2018) First-Year Teacher Beliefs About the Value of Engineering Education for Newcomer Students. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.
  • Swenson, J. & Wendell, K. (2017) Characterizing Indicators of Students’ Productive Disciplinary Engagement in Solving Fluid Mechanics Problems. . In Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Columbus, Ohio.
  • Swenson, J. & Wendell, K. (2016) A Case Study of Students’ Engagement in a Control Systems Homework Problem. In Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) 2016.
  • Wendell, K., Swenson, J, & Dalvi, T. (2016) Learning Engineering and Teaching Engineering: Comparing the Engineering Epistemologies of two Novice Teachers wit Distinct Pedagogies of Design. In Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Swenson, J., Danahy, E., & Messner, W. (2015) Initial Investigation into Engineering Students Problem Solving within Controls. In Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) 2015.
  • Swenson, J., Wendell, K., & Dalvi, T. (2015) Introducing Engineering and Making to Urban Pre-Service Teachers through Community-Based Projects. In Proceedings of FabLearn Conference 2015.
  • Swenson, J., M. Schnedeker, S. Coppola & L. Madariaga (2015) Examining the Influence of an Ill and Well Defined Problem in a First-Year Engineering Design Course. In Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Seattle, Washington.
  • Swenson, J. (2015) Examining the Experiences of Upper Level College Student in ‘Introduction to Robotics’. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Robotics in Education. Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
  • Swenson, J. & E. Danahy (2014) Analysis of Feature Development during Iterative Design in First Year Engineering Course Proceedings of the 6th First Year Engineering Experience Conference. College Station, Texas.
  • Swenson, J. & E. Danahy (2014) Examining Influences on the Evolution of Design Ideas in a First-Year Robotics Project. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Robotics in Education and Teaching Robotics & Teaching with Robotics, Padova, Italy.
  • Swenson, J., M. Portsmore, & E. Danahy (2014) Examining the Engineering Design Process of First-Year Engineering Students during a Hands-on, In-class Design Challenge. In Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Swenson, J. & M. Portsmore (2013) Dynamics of 5th Grade Students’ Evaluation of Solutions for 
Engineering Service Learning Projects. In Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Portsmore, M. and Swenson J. (2012) Systemic Intervention: Connecting Formal and Informal Education Experiences for Engaging Female Students in Elementary School in Engineering. In Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Ciston, S., Worsdall, E. and Swenson, J. (2010) Summer Technology and Engineering Program: An Outreach Program Benefiting Women Engineering Students from Middle School Through Graduate School. In Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.