Published on Thursday March 27, 2008
Beginning in August 2008, Ph.D. student Matthew Cathell (advisor: Caroline Schauer) will be the Assistant Professor in the Department of Technological Studies in the School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey.
The department offers undergraduate majors in Technology Education/Pre-Engineering and Math/Science/Technology, as well as a graduate program in Educational Technology. Matthew hopes to address a number of his interests in education research, particularly focusing on innovative ways of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics in K-12 classrooms. He will be instructing courses on mechanics, structures, and materials, including laboratory design and implementation. Matthew also plans to develop new courses in areas of personal interest, especially environmental engineering.
Matthew joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2003. He received his B.A. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from La Salle University. He plans to graduate with his Ph.D. in May 2008. His doctoral research has focused on identifying and modifying natural polymer materials fashioned into biomimetic thin films for the binding of aqueous heavy metal pollutants.
In his second year as an National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow, Matthew has also received funding support from the Koerner Family Fellowship, the U.S. Dept. of Education GAANN program, and the Drexel University College of Engineering. He has published and presented manuscripts in both theoretical and educational research. Matthew is a member of ACS, AAAS, Sigma Xi, and ASEE.