Peggy Boylan-Ashraf

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Contact

  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    Building 560, Room 213
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206
  • peggyba@stanford.edu

About

My passion and research lies at the intersection of solid mechanics and engineering education.  My work primarily focuses on a new paradigm in teaching introductory, fundamental engineering mechanics courses, particularly statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials -- with an emphasis on large enrollments (n > 100).  This new paradigm combines student-centered learning and online learning.

I taught for 13 years at Iowa State University (ISU) before joining the Design Education Lab in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. During those years at ISU, I was privileged to teach their introductory engineering mechanics courses (statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials), as well as their aerospace engineering courses (introduction to aircraft performance and design; numerical, graphical, and laboratory techniques for aerospace engineering; and aerospace engineering problems with computer applications laboratory).  The primary motivator to do engineering education research for me is the question of why do some students experience a flourishing journey through my classes and others seem to go through a perilous one, which usually involves poor performance, alienation, feeling unprepared for engineering, or even leaving the curriculum?  I am motivated to know why and what can I do to contribute a smoother journey? This curiosity has lead me to be involved in a number of projects at Stanford:

Recent Creations

Several online videos I have created recently for Stanford's E14: Introduction to Solid Mechanics class are listed below.

Education

  • Ph.D., Industrial Technology (with an emphasis on Engineering Education), Iowa State University
  • M.Eng., Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
  • B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University

Publications

  • Boylan-Ashraf, P., Freeman, S., Shelley, M.  A case for the need of using scaffolding methods in teaching introductory, fundamental engineering mechanics classes.  Journal of STEM Education.  (being reviewed) 
  • Boylan-Ashraf, P., Freeman, S., Shelley, M.  Exploring active learning in introductory, fundamental engineering mechanics statics class. ASEAN Journal of Engineering Education.  (being reviewed)
  • Boylan-Ashraf, P., Freeman, S., Shelley, M.  (2014).  A case for a need for reform in teaching introductory, fundamental engineering mechanics classes.   American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18.  
  • Billington, S., Sheppard, S., Calfee, R., Boylan-Ashraf, P.  (2014).  Evaluation of impact of web-based activities on mechanics achievement and self-efficacy.  American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 15-18.
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