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Vicki May
Vicki began her academic career in the Department of Architectural Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she was awarded tenure in 2003. Upon relocating to the east coast, Vicki served as an Associate Director for Science, Math, and Engineering with the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. In this role, she worked with faculty and graduate students across campus to improve and assess their teaching. A passion for teaching drew her back to the classroom. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Vicki was named the NH Professor of the Year in 2013 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Vicki is currently a Public Voices Fellow as part of the OpEd Project.

Entries by Vicki May

What Is Engineering? Learn About Engineering Through a MOOC

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 9:19 AM

What words comes to mind when you think about engineering? If you are like most people, words that come to mind include difficult and boring. In a study about teen perceptions of engineering, the most common word that teens used to describe engineering was difficult; boring was also...

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Engineers Are Not Smart

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:13 PM

What word would you use to describe engineers or engineering? Every year I survey over 200 middle school students and ask them that same question. This year was no different from previous years: 'smart' is by far the most common word used to describe engineers. Another survey conducted...

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Are Women Too Empathetic to Be Engineers?

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:54 PM

"Empathize." That was David Kelley's recent advice to 2014 engineering graduates from Dartmouth. David is the founder and chairman of IDEO and the founder of Stanford's d. school and he chose to talk about empathy with a group of engineers? Really? Maybe he didn't...

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In Search of the 'Piece of Resistance' to Increase Interest in Engineering

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:44 PM

I must confess: I did not play with Legos as a kid. My brother played with Legos; he became a lawyer. I preferred arts and crafts and playing outside; I became an engineer -- a professor of engineering at that. (Yikes. An engineer who didn't play with Legos?! That's almost...

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Broadening the Path to Engineering

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 4:48 PM

William Kamkwamba built a working windmill largely of parts from a junkyard. Growing up in poverty in Malawi, William's access to education was limited. But despite his lack of access to math and science classes, William was able to successfully generate electricity to light his family's home. William forged his...

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