Jamie Gurganus
Jamie Gurganus
Associate Director of Engineering Education Initiatives
Biography

Jamie Gurganus works in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMBC, focusing in the field of Engineering Education. She also serves as the Associate Director of Engineering Education Initiatives for the College of Engineering and IT at UMBC. Her research is focused on solving problems relating to educating engineers, teachers, and the community. She seeks to identify best practices and develop assessments methods that assist teachers with student engagement, helping them to be successful throughout the STEM pipeline. A few of these key areas include enhancing student’s spatial abilities (k-12 and higher education), integrating service learning into the classroom, implementing new instructional methodologies, and design optimization using additive manufacturing.

Jamie collaborates with a number of industry partners and consults throughout Maryland in STEM education. She has received a number of NSF fellowships and NASA grants for research in the engineering education field. Through her role within the College of Engineering and IT she oversees Project Lead the Way, endorsed trainer for Engineering is Elementary and FIRST LEGO league for the state of Maryland.

Jamie has written curriculum published in a number of works, including a workbook to help students learn Statics in effective way. Currently she serves on the assessment team for CS Open (Google and National Girls Collaborative Project), and consults with Wiley publishing. Jamie teaches several mechanical engineering classes at UMBC, holds both and BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and is currently finishing her PhD.