From Designing Education Lab
- Center for Design Research
Building 560, Room 213
Stanford, CA 94305-2206
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:
Several online videos I have created recently for Stanford's E14: Introduction to Solid Mechanics class are listed below.
- 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
- 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.