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Your Assessment Leaders
Professional Development Facilitators

Jennifer “Jenny” Amos, Ph.D.

Jennifer “Jenny” Amos, Ph.D., joined the Bioengineering Department at the University of Illinois in 2009 and is currently a Teaching Associate Professor in Bioengineering and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Educational Psychology. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of South Carolina.

Amos has dedicated her career to engineering education research and researches k-12 outreach programs, integrating social science into engineering, as well as assessment methods.  She completed a Fulbright Program at Ecole Centrale de Lille in France to benchmark and help create a new hybrid masters program combining medicine and engineering and also has led multiple curricular initiative in Bioengineering and the College of Engineering on several NSF funded projects. In 2017, she joined the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine as Director of Assessment and Evaluation to help form the curriculum and assessment plans for this engineering-based college of medicine.

Amos has been a PEV for the Biomedical Engineering Society since 2012, is an IDEAL Scholar 2011 and has been leading program assessment workshops since 2012.

Daina M. Briedis, Ph.D.

Daina M. Briedis, Ph.D., is Assistant Dean for Student Advancement and Program Assessment in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. She also serves as the Coordinator of Assessment and Continuous Improvement in her home Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s in engineering science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a member of AIChE and ASEE.

Over the past 26 years, Daina has served ABET as a program evaluator for AIChE, a team chair and member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), the first chair of the EAC Training and Materials Development Committee, and an Executive Committee member of the EAC. She was a program evaluator on one of the very first “EC2000” visits and subsequently chaired several new criteria visits.

Briedis has been an AIChE Representative Director on the ABET Board of Directors and has been involved in the design teams for the new program evaluator and train-the-trainers training materials. She is a lead facilitator for the program evaluator training sessions. She also consults in the area of assessment and evaluation. She was elected a Fellow of ABET in 2007 and a Fellow of the AIChE in 2011, and she is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

Elaine Cooney

Elaine Cooney is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Program Director of Electrical Engineering Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She is former chair of the Department of Engineering Technology. Cooney received her Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (formerly General Motors Institute) and her Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

As an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar, she offers national workshops to engineering and engineering technology faculty members to develop and improve their academic assessment plans and promote the design of effective assessment processes, development of measurable learning outcomes, and application of data collection and data reporting methods.  As an Indiana LEAP Faculty Fellow, she promoted the success of engineering technology students by tuning the ET curriculum in the state of Indiana. Cooney is president elect of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Chairs’ Association, past chair of the Engineering Technology Leaders Institute, and former chair of the Women in Engineering Division of ASEE.  Her areas of scholarship include engineering technology education assessment, improving engineering technology curriculum, analog circuits and signals, and RFID.  Currently, she is researching best practices in teaching and assessing critical thinking and problem solving.

Tammie Cumming, Ph.D.

Tammie Cumming, Ph.D. is a leading international figure in educational assessment and has recently served as a U.S. delegate for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes task force. Her 2017 publication, Enhancing Assessment in Higher Education: Putting Psychometrics to Work, has earned the endorsement of the AAC&U, AIR, AALHE and prominent assessment experts. Tammie directs the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research for the City University of New York – New York City College of Technology and has provided educational research and assessment support services in higher education and at ACT, Inc. for more than 25 years. She is an NSF evaluator, as well as an invited speaker on educational assessment and accreditation on an international level. Her assessment expertise has been provided to institutions throughout the world, and recently at the University of Cambridge (2017) where she conducted a seminar on assessment best practices. Tammie also holds adjunct appointments at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Hunter College.

Cumming provides workshops and seminars for the development of a continuous improvement model, emphasizing direct assessment methods to improve student outcomes at the institution. Cumming also serves as a reviewer for the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum and a consultant to U.S. and international post-secondary institutions regarding the utilization of direct assessment methods and fulfilling regional and professional accreditation requirements. Cumming and her team have recently developed a comprehensive web-based assessment system to aid programs in their program assessment planning, curriculum mapping, data collection and scoring, data analysis, reporting results, and documenting improvement strategies.She is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

Kevin Huggins, Ph.D.

Kevin Huggins, Ph.D., is Professor of Computer Science and Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He is also a retired military officer who spent the early part of his career in military intelligence, with extensive experience in Latin America. The remainder of his career was dedicated to academia, primarily as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy. While there, Kevin served as the Director of Research in Network Science as well as the Director of the Information Technology Program.

Additionally, Dr. Huggins was a visiting scientist at the École de Techniques Avancées in Paris, France, where he studied parallel algorithms for multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC) architectures.

His current research interest lies at the intersection of data science and information security, exploring novel ways of securing computing systems by leveraging the enormous amounts of available data.

Fluent in Spanish and French, Kevin is also interested in international engineering education. He is currently developing partnerships in Europe and Latin America to enhance and increase international engagement opportunities for students at Harrisburg University. Also, while at West Point, he led multiple initiatives to improve the cultural and linguistic abilities of engineering students.

Huggins serves as a consultant for computing curriculum development and for fostering international collaborative research efforts in technology and engineering. Over the past decade Kevin has also served as a program evaluator, team chair and commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC).

Kevin earned his B.S. in computer science from the US Military Academy, a M.S. in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the École des Mines de Paris. He is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

Ben Juliano, Ph.D.

Ben Juliano is Interim Chief Institutional Research Officer and WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer at California State University, Chico. He served the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management as Associate Dean in 2016, Interim Associate Dean in 2015-2016, Interim Dean in 2013-2015, Associate Dean in 2010-2013, and also served as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011-2013. He was the college’s Assessment Coordinator 2007-2013 and was the Department of Computer Science’s Assessment Facilitator from 2007-2010. As the college’s Assessment Coordinator, he managed and facilitated all assessment, accreditation, and academic program review efforts for all 11 undergraduate programs (9 accredited) and 2 graduate programs offered in his college.

Ben was the Director of the Institute for Research in Intelligent Systems (IRIS) and Co-Director of the Intelligent Systems Lab (ISL) in his college. His research interests are in autonomous robots, intelligent systems, data mining, and computational intelligence algorithms. He received his bachelor’s in computer science from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and a certificate in cognitive science from Florida State University. He is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

Gloria Rogers, Ph.D.

Gloria Rogers, Ph.D., is currently serving as a Senior Scholar for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. In this role she is a mentor for institutions participating in the HLC‐facilitated Academies and is the external evaluator on the HLC Lumina grant to explore the use of the Degree Qualifications Profile. In addition, she is presently teaching in the graduate program in Educational Leadership at Indiana State University. She has also served as Managing Director for Professional Services at ABET, Senior Educational Manager for Optimal Global Solutions, and Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Rose‐Hulman Institute of Technology. During this time, she has been providing workshops, webinars, seminars and institutes for the development of continuous quality improvement of educational programs and institutional effectiveness related to strategic planning for the past two decades. She has been an external evaluator for major science, math, engineering, and technology initiatives and has served as Chair of two national advisory committees and been a member of numerous review panels for the National Science Foundation. She has served as a reviewer for the Fulbright Senior Scholars program and has been a special editor for two issues of the International Journal of Engineering Education.

Gloria has organized 14 symposia on program assessment and accreditation that have been attended by faculty from 500 institutions around the world. She has authored 35 assessment‐related articles, given over 100 invited presentations at national and international conferences and facilitated workshops/seminars at over 80 campuses. She has also given consultations and workshops in 29 countries including a Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment in Lima, Peru. In 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education for her contributions to the engineering education profession.

Owens Walker, Ph.D.

Owens Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy. He has served as both the Assessment Chair and the Associate Chair for his department which includes 48 faculty and over 130 students. He successfully led the initial ABET accreditation of the computer engineering program and the reaccreditation of the electrical engineering program in 2012. He also served on the Executive Steering Committee for the Naval Academy’s successful university-wide 2016 Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reaccreditation. Owens is a retired Naval Aviator and Navy Captain with more than 30 years of naval service spanning the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, and the Western Pacific.

Walker received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1987 and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1995 and 2009, respectively. He has been instrumental in the development of networking and cyber security course offerings at the United States Naval Academy and his current research work includes wireless networking, wireless security, computer security, and light-based communications. Owens is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of Eta Kappa Nu, and an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

James Warnock, Ph.D.

James Warnock, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and his master’s in biochemical engineering and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.

During his doctoral studies, he spent two months as a research fellow in the Department of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at Kobe University, Japan. James relocated to Atlanta, GA, in 2003 and spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology with a joint appointment between the School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering.

James is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He is responsible for coordinating the assessment activities of 11 engineering/computer science programs within eight departments. Actively involved in engineering education research, particularly the direct assessment of the development of students’ professional skills, he was the first person in the biological engineering program to use problem-based learning in his classes. He has since conducted research on how this pedagogy can help in the formation of professional skills. In 2011, He was invited to present work at the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, hosted by the National Academy of Engineering. The results of that research were recently published in the European Journal of Engineering Education.

In July 2011, he was invited to become the first Adjunct Director for Professional Development at ABET. He has consequently been involved in the planning, preparation and facilitation of numerous ABET workshops, including the one-day Program Assessment Workshops and IDEAL. He is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

Patsy Brackin

Dr. Patricia (Patsy) Brackin holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Tennessee, and received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995.

Dr. Brackin spent 11 years as director of Rose-Hulman’s Operation Catapult program, helping introduce high-school seniors to the wonders of science and engineering. She attended Green Belt training to learn how Cummins, Inc. incorporates Six Sigma principles into manufacturing and design processes. In addition, she spent a year’s sabbatical with Eli Lilly learning their processes for developing medical devices. Dr. Brackin was a design engineer for Chicago Bridge and Iron before becoming a college professor.

Since her ABET PEV training in 2003, Patsy has been a part of 24 site visits, including programs in the Philippines, Mexico, Qatar and Turkey.

The veteran professor says her favorite part of being an ABET Expert is being a table facilitator for training sessions and going on site visits at institutions. When she visits programs, she loves meeting the people there and working on a team. “You get this bonding that happens — it’s a really fun experience,”