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The Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering

Faculty


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Alexandra Schönning, Ph.D.

(University of Central Florida, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Systems)

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Florida

Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering (CAWE)

Dr. Schönning is a professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering. She joined the University of North Florida in 2003, after earning her doctorate of philosophy from the University of Central Florida in 2001. She serves as the faculty advisor for the UNF chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. She teaches courses in mechanical systems design and analysis including Finite Element Modeling and Analysis, Machine Design, Strength of Materials, CAD, Integrated Design and Manufacture, Dynamics, and a technical elective called Professional Issues in Engineering. She performs research in mechanical systems analysis with a focus in biomechanical applications. Dr. Schönning serves as the Director for the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering (CAWE). Because the classes she teachers are severely underrepresented by women, she began studying what may be the underlying cause for low female engagement in Engineering and what can be done to recruit and retain more females to Engineering. This spurred her interest to develop CAWE.

     

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Susan M. Perez, Ph.D.

(University of California, Riverside, Developmental Psychology)

Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Florida

Associate Director of Research, Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering (CAWE)

Assistant Director, Center for Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development (CARCAD)

Susan Perez is a Developmental Psychologist in the Department of Psychology and joined the University of North Florida in 2004, after earning her doctorate of philosophy from the University of California, Riverside in 2004. She regularly offers courses in child and adolescent psychology, lifespan developmental psychology and advanced child psychology and has offered a graduate seminar in cognitive development in the social and cultural context. Her research interests include cognitive development with a specific focus on the development of complex skills like problem solving and planning. She is interested in children's opportunities to develop these skills while interacting with more skilled others, like parents, teachers, and more skilled peers, and in how these skills contribute to school success. Dr. Perez serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering (CAWE). Research in the center will evaluate programs focusing on the early recruitment of girls to engineering. The center will engage in outreach to children in various settings to involve them in engineering activities meant to inspire interest in and accessibility to engineering as a long term educational and career possibility.

     

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Jutima Simsiriwong, Ph.D.

(Mississippi State University, Aerospace Engineering)

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Florida

Dr. Simsiriwong is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering. Prior to joining UNF in 2018, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Laboratory for Fatigue and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) at Auburn University. She received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2014. Her research background is in fatigue, failure analysis, additive manufacturing, and mechanical behavior of materials including metallic and polymer-based materials. She has taught various courses in solid mechanics including Statics, Strength of Materials, and Machine Design.

Dr. Simsiriwong received first-hand experience being a historically underrepresented group in the engineering field, being only female in her B.S. graduating class in aerospace engineering. She has supported many programs to encourage women in science and engineering fields through outreach activities and mentoring K-12 female students, as well as underrepresented incoming freshmen and current undergraduate students.

     

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Jennifer Stagon M.S.

(University of Connecticut, Mechanical Engineering)

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Florida

Mechanical Engineering Advisor

Jennifer Stagon M.S. is an instructor and the advisor of mechanical engineering, having joined UNF in 2014. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis in 2009 and her M.S. from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Her M.S. thesis was in the area of adaptive control theory with application to aircraft engines. After her M.S., Jennifer joined the System Modeling and Analysis group at Pratt and Whitney, where she worked until relocating to Jacksonville in 2014. At UNF she teaches courses in the areas of mechanics and systems and enjoys applying her background in aerospace engineering and controls to these courses. As an adviser, she takes pride in the ability to give individual attention to her over 300 advisees in Mechanical Engineering. Jennifer also enjoys the climate and beach scenery in Jacksonville, where she lives with her husband (Steve Stagon, Assistant Professor of ME at UNF) and two young sons.