Hacking Engineering is designed as a network of people and organizations. That said, meet some of the conveners of the conversation:
Liz Nilsen is the team leader for Hacking Engineering and a senior advisor on Strategic Doing for the Purdue Center for Regional Development. She comes to Purdue from VentureWell, where she co-designed and co-led the Pathways to Innovation project that’s part of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) – she continues to work with Pathways teams as part of her Purdue portfolio. She’s also worked for both Penn State and Virginia Tech on large STEM education and outreach initiatives. She has an A.B. from Stanford University and and M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Ed Morrison is the regional economic development advisor at the Purdue Center for Regional Development. For over 20 years, he has conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers in the U.S. His work emphasizes the strategic value of focused collaborations and open innovation, network-based models in today’s global economy. Ed developed Strategic Doing to accelerate these collaborations. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council. Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm, as well as in various capacities in the federal government. He holds a B.A. degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.
Ed Berger holds joint appointments as associate professor in mechanical engineering and engineering education at Purdue, and he is the PI for the Re/Course initiative at Purdue, one of the founding “labs” participating in Hacking Engineering. He came to Purdue after serving as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he was also a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining UVa , he was on the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Ed’s engineering education research agenda includes two key issues: (i) as an instructor, the use of social media for effective teaching, and (ii) as an administrator, the emerging institutional research area of predictive models for student academic success. His mechanical engineering research interests include the nonlinear mechanics of joints and interfaces. He has a B.S and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Penn State and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue.