Susan M. Lord is Professor and Chair of Integrated Engineering at the University of San Diego (USD). She earned a B.S. with distinction from Cornell University in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering (EE) and the M.S. and Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. She co-directs the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI) with Matt Ohland and Michael Prince. Her research focuses on the study and promotion of diversity in engineering including student pathways and inclusive teaching. Her research has been sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Lord is among the first to study Latinos in engineering and coauthored The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering with Dr. Michelle Camacho. Dr. Lord is a Fellow of the IEEE and ASEE and is active in the engineering education community including serving as General Co-Chair of the Frontiers in Education Conference, President of the IEEE Education Society, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) and the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE). She and her coauthors received the 2011 and 2019 Wickenden Award for the best paper in JEE and the 2011 and 2015 Best Paper Awards for the IEEE ToE. In Spring 2012, Dr. Lord spent a sabbatical at Southeast University in Nanjing, China teaching and doing research. She is on the USD team implementing “Developing Changemaking Engineers”, an NSF-sponsored Revolutionizing Engineering Education (RED) project. Dr. Lord is the 2018 recipient of the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award for “contributions to the development of more inclusive and innovative undergraduate teaching in electrical and computer engineering”.
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.