Michael Loui

Michael Loui

Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education
Mailing Addresses
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
ARMSTRONG HALL #1331
701 WEST STADIUM AVENUE
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47907-2045

Biography

Michael C. Loui is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. He serves as Editor of Journal of Engineering Education and as a member of the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at M.I.T. in 1980.

Hometown

Urbana, IL

Education

Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
S.M., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977
B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science, Yale University, 1975

Research Interests

Together with undergraduate and graduate students, I have conducted research in computational complexity theory, ethics in engineering and computing, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and engineering education. We have developed optimal on-line simulations between computational models, designed the first distributed election algorithm on complete networks, analyzed fault-tolerant consensus protocols for shared memory systems, introduced informed consent into the theory of privacy, and assessed the outcomes of ethics instruction and peer-led team learning. Recently we have categorized students’ misconceptions in digital logic, we have identified special responsibilities of developers and users of computational models in research, and we have studied the effect of structured pairing in laboratories on students’ confidence and attitudes. Currently we are assessing the long-term effect of general education courses, we are describing how graduate students develop mentoring skills as they supervise undergraduate researchers, and we are demonstrating how to convert core engineering courses to harness students’ intrinsic motivation to learn.

Selected Publications

  • Fila, N. D., & Loui, M. C. (2014). Structured pairing in a first-year electrical and computer engineering laboratory: The effects on student retention, attitudes, and teamwork. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(4), 848-861.
  • Herman, G. L., Kaczmarczyk, L., Loui, M. C., & Zilles, C. (2012). Describing the what and why of students’ difficulties in Boolean logic. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 12(1), article 3. doi: 10.1145/2133797.2133800
  • Herman, G. L., Zilles, C., & Loui, M. C. (2012). Flip-flops in students’ conceptions of state. IEEE Transactions on Education, 55(1), 88-98. doi: 10.1109/TE.2011.2140372
  • Loui, M. C. (2009). What can students learn in an extended role-play simulation on technology and society? Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 29(1), 37-47. doi: 10.1177/0270467608328710
  • Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

    • Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
    • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2006
    • Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2003
    • University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
    • Luckman Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995
    • Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 1985

    Experience

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Associate Dean of the Graduate College, 1996-2000; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1991-2014; Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1986-91; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1982-86; Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1981-82
    • National Science Foundation: Program Director, Theory of Computing Program, 1990-91

    Fun Facts

    Volunteer director of the children’s choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 2002-14