Faculty Development RA, Purdue Polytechnic
Advisor(s): Robin Adams
Mailing AddressesPURDUE UNIVERSITY
701 WEST STADIUM AVENUE
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47907-2045
BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College 2007
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.
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.
- St. Tom's (Catholic campus ministry)
- Purdue Contemporary Dance Company (every other semester)