Mel Chua

Mel Chua

Graduate Student

Faculty Development RA, Purdue Polytechnic

Advisor(s): Robin Adams
Mailing Addresses
PURDUE UNIVERSITY
ARMSTRONG HALL
701 WEST STADIUM AVENUE
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47907-2045

Biography

Hometown

Glenview, IL

Education

BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College 2007

Research Interests

Mel Chua is a contagiously enthusiastic hacker, writer, and educator with over a decade of teaching and curriculum development experience and a track record of leadership in Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities, most recently as Red Hat Inc’s. educational liaison. Now part of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, Mel’s work bridges academic research on successful learning and making communities with deep personal experience in building them. Her dissertation tackles "How can the interacting narratives of engineering and technology faculty inform our understanding of faculty as learners?" and she is also part of a massively collaborative auto-ethnography of Hacker School (hackerschool.com).

Advice for the First-Year Engineer

I'm the kind of person who has trouble planning and focusing in the traditional sense; I follow the shiny things, and felt guilty about that for the longest time. Dr. Ruth Streveler's advice to me was liberating: Embrace your style and work with it. Find the shiniest thing, then follow that.

Fun Facts

I'm a polyglot (English, German, ASL, and more to come), dancer/choreographer (blues, lindy, modern), and musician (piano, cello, a capella alto). I also have been profoundly deaf since age 2, but my hobbies didn't get the message.

Campus Activities

  • St. Tom's (Catholic campus ministry)
  • Purdue Contemporary Dance Company (every other semester)