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Jones Seminar: From Surviving to Thriving—Frontiers of research & applications on engineering thriving



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Spanos Auditorium/Online

Optional ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 982 3807 0773
Passcode: 481104

Engineering directly impacts the thriving of society, yet the ecosystem for educating engineers has not been traditionally known for thriving. My interdisciplinary research projects represent the first comprehensive investigation of the cognitive, interpersonal, intrapersonal, academic, environmental, and socio-cultural dimensions related to thriving for undergraduate engineering students. I have prepared the following options for participants to choose, based on audience's interest:

  1. Present Research Projects (traditional research talk): How do people study engineering thriving? What are the technical frontiers at which I am active?
  2. Present Applications & Impacts of Engineering Thriving Research: Why does engineering thriving matter? Why should I care?
  3. Experience Research-based Activities that Promote Thriving (audience participation is encouraged): What does engineering thriving feel like?

At the beginning of the seminar, I will define engineering thriving, introduce its history, discuss its importance, and debunk common misconceptions. Then, I will ask everyone attending the seminar to vote on how you would like to proceed based on the provided options. I will conclude with key takeaways and practical applications of this work for engineering students, departments, and society at large.

Hosted by Professor Vicki May.

About the Speaker(s)

Julianna Gesun
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Julianna Gesun

Julianna Gesun is internationally recognized for her seminal work on engineering thriving that seeks to understand how and why some students thrive while others barely survive in the current engineering culture. She has received multiple awards for her research and teaching, such as the Three Minute Thesis competition and DiscoverE Persist Virtual Speaker Series.

Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, Gesun was an NSF/ASEE engineering postdoctoral fellow and postdoctoral diversity and innovations scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UNH. She received her PhD in engineering education at Purdue University, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She received dual bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering and human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her prior work experiences include consulting, product management, tutoring, marketing, and information technology.


For more information, contact Amos Johnson at amos.l.johnson@dartmouth.edu.