Matthew Ohland

Matthew Ohland

Professor
Mailing Addresses
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
ARMSTRONG HALL
701 WEST STADIUM AVENUE
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 1305
Phone: (765) 496-1316
Fax: (765) 494-5819

Education

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Florida
M.S., Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Engineering, Swarthmore College
B.A., Religion, Swarthmore College

Research Interests

Longitudinal study of engineering students / persistence / progression
Peer evaluation / Team formation
Expanding the use of active and collaborative learning in the engineering curriculum

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of over $11.6 million in NSF-sponsored research
  • Teaching Academy, Purdue University, to be inducted Fall 2012.
  • Fellow grade recognition, American Society for Engineering Education, June 2012.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Educational and Research Methods division of the American Society for Engineering Education, June 2012.
  • William Elgin Wickenden Award (recognizing best paper in Journal of Engineering Education in 2011), American Society for Engineering Education, June 2012.
  • Best Teacher Award, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, Spring 2012.
  • Best Symposium in Management Education and Development (recognizing the symposium at the Academy of Management Conference that offers the most significant contribution to advance management education and development), 2011.
  • IEEE Senior Member, elevated December 2009.
  • Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware, awarded by Engineering Pathways / NEEDS, awarded at the Frontiers in Education 2009, October 20, 2009.
  • Helen Plants Award for the best non-traditional session at the 2008 Frontiers in Education Conference, October 20, 2009.
  • William Elgin Wickenden Award (recognizing best paper in Journal of Engineering Education in 2008), American Society for Engineering Education, June 2009.
  • Best Teacher Award, Department of Engineering Education, Purdue University, Spring 2008.
  • Best Teacher Award, Department of Engineering Education, Purdue University, Spring 2007.
  • Byar's Prize for Excellence in Teaching, College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University, 2006
  • FIE Benjamin J. Dasher Award for Best Paper of the Frontiers in Education Conference, 2004
  • Best Paper, American Society for Engineering Education (one of five), 2003
  • National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Education, 1998-2000
  • Competent Toastmaster Award, Toastmasters International, 1997
  • National 4-H Presidential Award, 1986
  • Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, Facilitator since 1996, President 2002-2006, District Director 2008-2011, Chief Advisor at Purdue since 2007.
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Alpha Sigma Mu Materials Engineering Honor Society
  • American Society of Engineering Education, Educational Research and Methods Division Chair 2009-2011, Frontiers in Education Program Chair 2008.
  • IEEE Education Society, Transactions on Learning Technologies Steering Committee Chair 2008-2011, Transactions on Education Associate Editor since 2011, Board of Governors 2007-2013
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Advice for the First-Year Engineer

Learn to recognize opportunity. When something excites you, figure out why. If the reasons are healthy, follow your passion. You probably have better instincts than most people do about what drives you. This doesn't mean that you don't need to be willing to work for, and sometimes wait for, the things you want.

Fun Facts

When I was 15 years old, I told my mom that I had met the woman I was going to marry -- and we got married six years later. She was worth waiting for. I won a ribbon in the "Dairy Cattle Olympics" at the New York State Fair. For more than 30 years, my mom kept the uniform I wore as "The Nutcracker" in 5th grade. I've been to 49 of the 50 states -- I'll get to Alaska sometime.