2017 Seminar Series
Examining Engineering Design Expertise
Cynthia J. Atman is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, founding Director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. She also directed the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), an NSF-funded, $12 million center that was active until 2010. Atman earned her PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the University of Washington in 1998 after seven years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research in engineering education focuses on engineering design learning with a particular emphasis on issues of design context. She is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), was the 2002 recipient of the ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, and received the 2009 David B. Thorud Leadership Award from the University of Washington.