Robin Adams

Robin Adams

Associate Professor
Mailing Addresses
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
ARMSTRONG HALL
701 WEST STADIUM AVENUE
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 1233
Phone: (765) 496-3267
Fax: (765) 494-5819

Biography

THE RECIPIENT OF A 2008 NSF CAREER AWARD, a Design Studies best paper award (2003), and the Journal of Engineering Education’s Wickenden Award for best paper (2007), Dr. Robin S. Adams is a national leader in researching interdisciplinary thinking and design learning, in connecting research and practice, and in building research capacity in engineering education. She leads the Institute for Scholarship on Engineering Education as part of the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education and was an invited participant at the 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

Education

Ph.D., Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies, University of Washington
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University

Research Interests

Design thinking and learning
Interdisciplinary thinking (investigating what it means to work at the interface between disciplines)
Design of interdisciplinary learning environments
Strategies for connecting research on learning and teaching practice

Selected Publications

Adams, R. S., Turns, J. & Atman, C. J. (2003). Educating effective engineering designers: The role of reflective practice.” Design Studies, 24(3), pp. 275-294. [Design Studies best paper]
Atman, C.J., Adams, R.S., Mosborg, S., Cardella, M. E., Turns, J. & Saleem, J. (2007). Engineering design processes: A comparison of students and expert practitioners.” Journal of Engineering Education, 96(4), pp. 359-379. [JEE Wickenden award]

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • American Society of Engineering Education, Member
  • International Society of the Learning Sciences, Member
  • American Society of Higher Education, Member
  • American Education Research Association, Member
  • Society of Women Engineers, Member
  • Design Studies, Best Paper of the Year, 2003