Your Assessment Leaders
Professional Development Facilitators

Jennifer “Jenny” Amos, Ph.D.

Jennifer “Jenny” Amos, Ph.D., is a faculty member, chief academic advisor, and director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amos received her bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University and her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina College in chemical engineering with a focus in developmental biology and cell imaging through the University of South Caroline School of Medicine. She was also an NSF GK-12 Fellow during her graduate work and earned a certificate in the Preparing Future Faculty Program while pursuing her Ph.D.

Amos is now dedicated to undergraduate education through developing innovative courses and hands-on teaching labs, such as tissue engineering, cellular energetics, and the bioreactor Lab. She also develops modules and coordinates K-12 summer camps involving bioengineering, and conducts engineering education research involving capstone experiences for undergraduates. She is a program evaluator for BMES and an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

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 the Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Cooney is the past Director of Assessment for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Her areas of scholarship include engineering technology education assessment, analog circuits and signals, and radio-frequency identification (RFID). Currently, she is researching best practices in teaching and assessing critical thinking and problem solving in engineering and engineering technology. Cooney is the author of RFID+ The Complete Review of Radio Frequency Identification. She is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.

Tammie Cumming, Ph.D.

Tammie Cumming, Ph.D., of the New York City College of Technology – City University of New York – is an expert in assessment and psychometrics with more than 20 years of experience in the testing industry and with assessment activities at the post-secondary level. As the Director for the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research, she oversees assessment activities for 30 academic departments and provides guidance for institutional effectiveness related to strategic planning and for various accreditation agency requirements. Cumming is the director for one of four major activities under the umbrella of a 2010-2015 $3.2 million, Department of Education Title V grant and oversees the institutionalization of creating a culture of assessment for learning to improve student outcomes. In 2011, she was the recipient of a Major Institutional Grants for Education and Public Service Award for the City University of New York.

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 analytics and cyber security, seeking to explore novel ways to leverage the enormous amounts of data available to make computing systems more secure.

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 fourteen symposia on program assessment and accreditation that have been attended by faculty from 500 institutions around the world. In addition, 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. In addition to her local and national involvement in assessment and educational reform, she has given invited presentations, 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, Ph.D., is a Commander in the United States Navy with more than 25 years of service. A married father of three children, he is currently a member of the faculty of the United States Naval Academy, where he serves as the Assessment Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Owens received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1987 and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 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 network security, wireless medium access, and wireless sensor networks for battlefield monitoring. Owens is a member of the IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu.

As a Naval Aviator, Owens has logged more than 1,500 flight hours in the P-3C Orion aircraft and has deployed across the globe, participating in operations that range from anti-submarine patrols in the North Atlantic to enforcement of United Nations sanctions in the Persian Gulf. His shore-based assignments included a tour in the Pentagon where he served as the Department Head of Aviation Budget and Programming for the Navy’s Air Warfare Directorate and developed the $180 billion Naval Aviation Program encompassing the procurement, modernization, and sustainment of more than 4000 aircraft. He is 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.