Published October 24, 2023
Jessica Swenson, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education, has been elected to the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division Executive Board.
An ASEE member since 2010, Swenson will serve as a director on the board for a two-year term. In this capacity, she will weigh in on major policies that affect the division and take on other various duties as assigned by the chair of the executive board. The board’s bylaws are broadly written so that the board members may work together to address a wide range of issues that have importance to the division.
The ERM Division of ASEE is committed to improving the teaching and learning process through research, dissemination of knowledge, development of improved procedures, and the recognition of teaching excellence and scholarship.
In 2020, Swenson was a recipient of the ERM Division’s Apprentice Faculty Grant, which recognizes promising emerging engineering education scholars who have the potential for substantial contributions to the community. She then served as a co-chair for the grant from 2020-2022.
A faculty member at the University at Buffalo since 2019, Swenson’s research interests include engineering design process and methods, undergraduate conceptual knowledge in engineering science courses, Learning Assistant programs, and women and girls in engineering programs. She is also interested in epistemology, epistemological framing, productive disciplinary engagement, student discourse and responsive teaching. She earned her PhD in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in 2018.