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Meyers receives 2019 Madden Award

Nina Welding • DATE: July 15, 2019

Congratulations to Kerry L. Meyers, assistant dean of student development and director of the Women in Engineering and First-Year Engineering programs, on her receipt of the 2019 Thomas P. Madden Award from the University.

The Thomas P. Madden Award honors a faculty member who excels at teaching first-year undergraduates, an area in which this year’s winner has distinguished herself, first as director of the First-Year Engineering Program and since 2016 as an assistant dean. In both roles, she has been a critical part of the team that designs and implements the two-course sequence introducing students to the College of Engineering. Her clarity, passion for engineering, and empathetic, student-centered style make her one of the most popular and effective teachers of these large, required courses. Moreover, she has been a leader in improving the courses, most recently undertaking a yearlong assessment that led to the incorporation of discernment material that has helped reduce the number of students who change majors after the first year. A scholar of engineering pedagogy, she is also a fierce advocate for women in engineering.

Meyers is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education, serving as a board member, program chair, and division chair. She has also served on various committees relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics outreach, Catholic education, admissions and financial aid, and First Year of Studies at the University. In 2011 she received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education from Notre Dame.

She received her doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University, her master’s in mechanical engineering from Oakland University, and her bachelor’s, also in mechanical engineering, from Purdue.