Edward Berger

Professor, Engineering Education
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Mailing Addresses
Phone: (765) 496-0193


Edward Berger earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1996, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. His most recent appointment was as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he was also a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering (2005-2014). Prior to joining UVa in 2005, he was on the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (1996-2005).

His engineering education research agenda includes two key issues: (i) as an instructor, the use of social media for effective teaching, and (ii) as an administrator, the emerging institutional research area of predictive models for student academic success. His mechanical engineering research interests include the nonlinear mechanics of joints and interfaces.


Bethlehem, PA


BS, MS in Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue (1996)

Research Interests

Teaching with technology;
Assessment of technology interventions;
Non-cognitive factors and their role in student success;
Discipline-based engineering education research

Selected Publications

Pan, E., Chiu, J. Inkelas, K., Russell, S., Berger, E., and Garner, G., “Physical and Virtual Manipulatives in Mechanical Engineering Education”, ASEE Journal of Engineering Education, in review Spring 2014.

Orange, A., Heinecke, W., Berger, E., Krousgrill, C., Mikic, B., and Quinn, D., "An Evaluation of HigherEd 2.0 Technologies in Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Courses", Advances in Engineering Education (ASEE), Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 2012.

Berger, E. J. and Krousgrill, C. M., "HigherEd 2.0: Web 2.0 in Higher Education", in Interactive Multimedia (ed. I. Deliyannis), INTECH, pp. 67-92, 2012 (book chapter).

Berger, E., Pan, E., Orange, A., and Heinecke, W., “A Preliminary Summative Assessment of the HigherEd 2.0 Program--Using Social Media in Engineering Education”, 2014 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis IN, June 2014.

Bailey, R. and Berger, E., “Designing Short-Term Study Abroad Engineering Experiences to Achieve Global Competencies”, 2013 ASEE International Forum (as part of the 2013 Annual Conference and Exposition), Atlanta GA, June 2013.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • All-University Teaching Award, University of Virginia AY 06-07
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching with Technology, 2008
  • College of Engineering Professor of the Year, University of Cincinnati, AY 01-02


  • University of Virginia (2005-2014): Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs (2008-2014) and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Cincinnati (1996-2005): Asst. and then Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a courtesy appointment in Biomedical Engineering

Fun Facts

I do a fair amount of running and bike riding, support Manchester United, and saw Pearl Jam at Elliot Hall in March 1994