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BS Engineering, Smith College 2007
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 2010
PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 2013

Professor Wodin-Schwartz joined WPI in August 2015. Her Ph.D. research focused on the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for down hole geothermal well monitoring. Before joining WPI, she spent two years at the technical consulting firm Exponent Inc., where she conducted failure analyses and design evaluations for projects ranging from consumer products to power systems. As a consultant she worked with over 75 different clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

She is passionate about teaching core engineering and critical thinking skills that apply to application-driven problem solving. Her research and scholarship focuses on bringing hands-on and project based learning into larger-enrollment core courses in engineering science; and new educational tools, including a mobile app developed for Introduction to Static Systems (Free-Body Diagram, available in the Mac App Store).  Another teaching project she has shared widely is Flying Forces. This project was distinguished as a gold star exemplar by the national KEEN organization. It was featured in the KEEN’zine and reprinted in ASEE PRISM magazine. 

Prof. Wodin-Schwartz's current research engages in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she shares her learning with the wider engineering education community through the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She has received multiple awards in recognition of her teaching creativity and success, including the 2019 Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovative Undergraduate Education, the 2019 National KEEN Rising Star award, and the 2020 WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Prof. Wodin-Schwartz is excited to work with students to help them understand not only the technical skills required of them as engineers but also the social, environmental, and physical implications of implementing technical engineering solutions.   Her own engagement with social and environmental issues in engineering has included her work as a traveling mentor for Engineers Without Borders (EWB), traveling repeatedly with the WPI EWB club on trips to Cisne de Conchan, Ecuador and Shungubug, Ecuador, to assess and implement portions of a water distribution system by working with the community to design and develop a system that fits within their physical and social structure.  Prof. Wodin-Schwartz has also worked towards creating a more diverse engineering pipeline for both WPI and the field of engineering by engaging with younger students, especially women, in programs such as Camp Reach.

In addition to teaching in the classroom, Prof. Wodin-Schwartz has advised both off-campus IQPs and on- and off- campus MQPs, including IQP projects at two project sites (Namibia and Worcester, UK virtual), and she has guided teams to winning both the President’s IQP award and two Provost’s MQP awards.  

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Scholarly Work

Professor Wodin-Schwartz’s research and scholarship focuses on active learning pedagogies for engineering students.


Wodin-Schwartz, S., LeChausseur, K., Narra, S., Zheng, Y., Powell, A., “Compensatory Effects of Flipped Learning for Experienced & New Faculty”, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, 2022. *Awarded Best Paper in Division*

Powell, A., LeChausseur, K., Wodin-Schwartz, S., “Improvement in Student Learning Objectives from Group Discussions Between Exam Sittings”, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, 2022. 

Wodin-Schwartz, S., LeChausseur, K., “Hands On Learning In A Remote Introduction to Statics Classroom Environment”, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, 2021. *Awarded Best Paper in Mechanics Division* *Awarded Best Presentation in Mechanics Division*

Keller, C., Wodin-Schwartz, S., LeChausseur, K., “Active learning in a large, lecture-based course: Hands On Wednesdays in an introductory engineering course”, IRSPBL 2020 – 8TH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ON PBL. Paper accepted, conference moved to 2021 due to COVID-19.

Wodin-Schwartz, S., Keller, C., LeChausseur, K., “Hands On Wednesday (HOW) - An Introduction to Statics Experience”, Paper ID #30784 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Remote Conference, 2020.


Year Title Institution Award Outcome
2021 Redesigned Shark Tagging WPI Provost's MQP Award Winner
2018 Semi-Collapsible Temporary Housing for Hurricane Relief and Recovery WPI Provost's MQP Award Winner
2017 A Recommended Recycling Processing System for the Informal Waste Collectors of Oshakati, Namibia WPI President's IQP Award Winner


Professional Highlights & Honors
Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering, 2023

Morgan-Worcester Distinguished Instructorship , 2022

Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching (WPI) , 2020

KEEN Rising Star Award (National External Award), 2019

Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Morgan-Worcester Distinguished Instructorship, 2018

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, 2009