Associate Professor
Affiliated Department or Office
Learning Sciences & Technologies
Interactive Media & Game Development
BA University of Richmond 2005
PhD University of Virginia 2011
Expert Bio

Professor Ottmar aims to develop and evaluate classroom interventions that improve mathematics teaching and learning. Her research focuses on the intersections of educational, cognitive, and developmental psychology. She is interested in understanding how cognitive and non-cognitive pathways combine to produce learning and growth for both students and teachers in K-12 mathematics classrooms. She is currently developing Graspable Math, an interactive web-based tool that allows you to explore, manipulate, transform, and solve mathematical expressions and equations.

Media Coverage

Two WPI projects receive $1.6M combined to improve sanitation, education

Worcester Business Journal

The Worcester Business Journal highlighted two grants secured by WPI researchers: a $900,000 grant secured by WPI’s Institute of Science and Technology for Development (instead) for work in Ethiopia related to WPI MicroFlush toilets; and a $700,000 National Science Foundation grant secured by WPI researcher and associate professor Erin Ottmar to improve math tools for middle school teachers.

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