UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Hannah Nolte, PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering, has been selected to participate in the Great Minds in STEM Early Career Faculty Symposium (GMiS). She received a $ 500 scholarship to participate and present her research at the workshop which was held July 12-14.

Hannah Nolte was invented to present her research at the Great Minds in STEM Early-Career Faculty Symposium.

IMAGE: Image courtesy of Hannah Nolte

Founded in 1989, GMiS is a non-profit organization aimed at sustaining the technological strength of the United States by promoting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), particularly in underserved communities. As part of the National Science Foundation’s ASSIST collaboration, GMiS also aims to increase faculty diversity in post-secondary institutions.

Nolte was invited to give a flash talk on her research interests, which center on understanding cognition in the engineering design process. She primarily works to examine the effect of mindfulness practice on improving engineering design through stress reduction.

“I knew I wanted to study human factors, and that’s what led me to study industrial engineering,” Nolte said. “It’s a wonderful combination of physics and psychological science, subjects that interested me as an undergraduate student. It includes the problem-solving aspect of physics and the theme of improving the lives of others from psychology.

In addition to his research overview, Nolte also presented the results of two studies carried out by the Technology and the Human in Engineering Design Research Group. One project focused on identifying the sources and intensity of stress experienced by engineers and designers during the design process, and another tested the effects of mindfulness practice on students performing brief engineering design tasks.

According to Nolte, the conference also helped her prepare for the future.

“I greatly appreciate being selected to present at this conference and to receive a fellowship, as I learned a lot by attending,” she said. “Getting feedback on my research and meeting potential collaborators has been invaluable. The conference also gave me the opportunity to network with an incredibly diverse group of people who are passionate about engineering education and willing to share their experiences to help others learn and succeed.

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Last updated on August 06, 2021