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Patricia A. S. RalstonPatricia A. Ralston, Ph.D.

Dr. Patricia A. S. Ralston is Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at the University of Louisville.  She received her B.S., MEng, and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville. Her educational research interests include the use of technology in engineering education, incorporation of critical thinking in engineering education, and ways to improve retention. Her other research interests include process modeling, simulation, and process control. 


Jeff HiebJeffrey L. Hieb, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Hieb is Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering.  He received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from Furman University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Louisville.  His primary research interests are the use of instructional technology in engineering education and computer security, specifically cyber-security for industrial control systems and SCADA systems.

Kendall BrownMarie Kendall Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Marie Kendall Brown is Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at UofL’s Delphi Center.  She received a B.A. in French from the University of Akron, a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.  In her current role, she designs and administers programs, services, and events to support faculty professional development with respect to teaching.  Her research interests include faculty learning and development, teaching and learning topics in STEM, strategic partnering with academic units, and college student development from a constructive-developmental perspective.

Keith LyleKeith Lyle, Ph.D.

Dr. Keith B. Lyle is Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville.  He received his B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University.  His primary research interests are in memory, attention, and personality.  He is especially interested in enhancing memory in educational and forensic settings.

Kate SnyderKatie Snyder, Ph.D.

Dr. Kate Snyder is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Measurement, & Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of Louisville.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University and received her M.A. and Ph.D., both in Developmental Psychology, from Duke University.  Her primary research interests include understanding the role of achievement motivation in the development of academic underachievement, particularly among academically gifted students.

Marci DeCaro, Ph.D.

Dr. Marci DeCaro is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. She received her PhD at Miami University and completed postdoctoral work at Vanderbilt University.  She examines the cognitive processes responsible for learning and performance in different instructional and performance contexts. Specific interests include factors such as working memory, performance anxiety, and educational instruction. Her research is informed by both laboratory and classroom experiments involving children and adults.

Nora HonkenNora Honken

Nora Honken is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville.  She received here BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and Arizona State University, respectively.  She has extensive industrial experiences and is interested in engineering student success and structuring college courses to help students develop nontechnical skills necessary for success in the workplace.


David BellingerDavid Bellinger

David Bellinger is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He received a B.S. in Psychosocial Kinesiology from Texas Christian University and a M.S. in Sport Behavior and Performance from Miami University. His research interests include how situational factors (e.g., evaluative conditions) influence cognitive processes (e.g., attention and reasoning) that underlie human learning and performance.

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