Dr. Matthew Ohland is Professor and Associate Head of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He earned Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, M.S. degrees in Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Religion from Swarthmore College. He Co-Directs the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI) with Susan Lord and Michael Prince. His research has been funded by over USD 20M, mostly from the United States National Science Foundation. Along with his collaborators, he has been recognized for his work on longitudinal studies of engineering students with the William Elgin Wickenden Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education twice previously in 2008 and 2011. He has also been recognized for the best paper in IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011 and 2015, multiple conference Best Paper awards, and the Betty Vetter Award for Research from the Women in Engineering Proactive Network. The CATME Team Tools developed under Dr. Ohland’s leadership and related research have been used by over 1,460,000 students of more than 20,000 faculty at more than 240 institutions in 87 countries, and were recognized with the 2009 Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware and the Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award in 2013. Dr. Ohland received the Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for his leadership of that project. He is a Fellow of ASEE, IEEE, and AAAS. He has received teaching awards at Clemson and Purdue. Dr. Ohland is an ABET Program Evaluator and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Education. He was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi.
About the award
This award, sponsored by the Journal of Engineering Education editorial review board, recognizes the author(s) of the best paper published in ASEE’s scholarly research journal during the previous January to October. It is named in honor of the distinguished engineer, educator, philosopher, administrator, and humanitarian who throughout his career devoted himself to the personal and professional development of younger members of the engineering fraternity. His wisdom and leadership so infused the monumental “Report of the Investigation of Engineering Education, 1923–1929” that it has been popularly referred to as the Wickenden Report ever since. His publication, The Second Mile, has helped thousands of young engineers form a sound conception of engineering as a career. Awardees receive a commemorative plaque.