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Wade Goodridge PhD

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Engineering Education

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: ENGR 218
DialPhone: 435-797-9051
SendEmail: wade.goodridge@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, (Hydraulic and Sedimentation Engineering), Utah State University, 2009
Sediment transport impacts upon culvert hydraulics
BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2006
MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, (Hydraulic and Water Resources), Utah State University, 2006
A comparitive study between mitered crests and traditional ogee crests for use with stair step spillways
BS, Industrial Technology Education, Utah State University, 1998


Biography

Wade is from Cordova Alaska. He has received bachelor degrees in Industrial Technology Education and Civil and Environmental Engineering and an M.S. and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Teaching Interests

Statics, Fundamental Electronics for Engineers, Introduction to Engineering Design, Surveying, Computer Engineering Drafting, Solid Modeling, Fluid Mechanics

Research Interests

Physical modeling as an instructional enhancement to traditional engineering curriculum methods. Student learning style impacts upon remote synchronous and asynchronous engineering curriculum delivery. Metacognitive strategies utilized by students when solving open ended engineering design problems. Culvert sediment yield rates for flood flow conditions. Incipient motion and transportation of sediments under a variety of culvert flow regimes.

Awards

2017 Outstanding Teacher Award, 2017

American Society of Engineering Education - Rocky Mountain Section

Elected CUR Engineering Division Councilor for Nation, 2016

Council on Undergraduate Research

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2016

Department of Engineering Education

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2016

Department of Engineering Education

21st Century Fellow, Class of 2014-2015, 2015

ITEEA, FTEE, CTETE

Invited Lecturer, Northwestern University, 2015

Conference on Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines: Modeling and Spatial Learning in STEM, Northwestern University, Evaston IL.

Proposal Writing Institute Fellow, 2014

School of Graduate Studies

Researcher of the Year, 2013

USU Brigham City Regional Campus

Researcher of the Year, 2013

USU Regional Campuses and Distance Education

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2013

USU Brigham City Regional Campus

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2012

Brigham City Campus Utah State University

Distinguished Service Award, 2009

ETE USU

Golden Key National Honor Society Member, 2007

Golden Key National Honor Society

Award of Apprciation for Dedicated Service Award, 2000

Mountain Crest High School

FAA Agricultural Education Distinguished Service Award, 2000

FFA

Order of the Arrow, 1992

OA-BSA

Eagle Scout, 1992

Boy Scouts of America

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Minichiello, A.L, Blake, T., Goodridge, W.H, Sam, D.D, Blackstock, A., Straight, N., (2015). Interdisciplinary team instruction in a distance-delivered first year engineering course (Chapter in Connected classrooms: Interdisciplinary approaches to distance teaching.): Connected classrooms: Interdisciplinary approaches to distance teaching.. Routledge/Taylor & Francis

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

      * Has not been peer reviewed

      Publications - Curriculum

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Journal Articles

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Other Reports

            • Rahmeyer, W.J, Goodridge, W.H, (2016). Open Channel Flow and Design. HalfMoon Education Inc.
            • Goodridge, W.H, Rahmeyer, W.J, (2007). Models of the Gilboa Spillway and Dam Crest. *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Other

              • Rahmeyer, W.J, Goodridge, W.H, (2016). Open Channel Flow and Design - Short Course. HalfMoon Education
              • Rahmeyer, W.J, Goodridge, W.H, (2016). The Design of Culverts for Flood Routing with Sediment Transport.

              * Has not been peer reviewed

              Scheduled Teaching

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Spring 2018

              Engr 2010 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics, Spring 2018

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2017

              EED 7970 - Dissertation research, Spring 2017

              Engr 2010 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics, Spring 2017

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Spring 2017

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Spring 2017

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Spring 2017

              EED 7970 - Dissertation Research, Fall 2016

              Engr 2010 - Engineeering Mechanics: Statics, Fall 2016

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2016

              Engr 7900 - Independant Study, Fall 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Fall 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Fall 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Fall 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Fall 2016

              EED 6910 - Special Topics in Engineering Education, Fall 2016

              Engr 6910 - Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Fall 2016

              Engr 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Spring 2016

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Spring 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Spring 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Spring 2016

              Engr 2010 - Recitation, Spring 2016

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2015

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Spring 2015

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2014

              EED 6910 - Special Topics in Engineering Education: Evaluation and Assessment, Fall 2014

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Spring 2014

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2013

              CEE 2240 - Engineering Surveying, Summer 2013

              ENGR 2270 - Computer Engineering Drafting, Spring 2013

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2013

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2013

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2013

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2012

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2012

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2012

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2012

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2012

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2012

              ENGR 2210 - Fundamental Electronics for Engineers, Fall 2012

              ETE 2270 - Computer Engineering Drafting, Spring 2012

              ETE 2270 - Computer Engineering Drafting, Spring 2012

              ETE 2270 - Computer Engineering Drafting, Spring 2012

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2012

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2012

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2012

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2011

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2011

              ENGR 2010 - Engineering Mechanics Statics, Fall 2011

              ENGR 2210 - Fundamental Electronics for Engineers, Fall 2011

              43071 2010 - STATICS, Fall 2011

              CEE 2240 - Engineering Surveying, Summer 2011

              ETE 2270 - COMPUTER ENGR DRAFT, Spring 2011

              ETE 2270 - COMPUTER ENGR DRAFT, Spring 2011

              MAE 1200 - ENGR GRAPHICS, Spring 2011

              MAE 1200 - ENGR GRAPHICS, Spring 2011

              MAE 1200 - ENGR GRAPHICS, Spring 2011

              MAE 1200 - ENGR GRAPHICS, Spring 2011

              ETE 2210 - Electrical Engineering for Nonmajors, Fall 2010

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2010

              MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2010


                      Creative Works - Other

                      • Discovering Blind and Low Vision Spatial Abillity by Creating a Tactile Spatial AbilityInstrument, Other, Invited exhibit of our adapted Mental Cutting Test to the Tactile Mental Cutting Test and its use to measure spatial ability - 2018
                      • Discovering Blind and Low Vision Spatial Abillity by Creating a Tactile Spatial AbilityInstrument, Other, Invited exhibit of our adapted Mental Cutting Test to the Tactile Mental Cutting Test and its use to measure spatial ability - 2018

                      Graduate Students Mentored

                      Sarah Lopez, Engineering Education, May 2016
                      Isaac Gougler, Engineering Education, September 2018 - September 2021
                      Jonathan Anderson, Engineering Education, May 2018 - September 2021
                      Benjamin Call, Engineering Education, August 2014 - April 2018
                      Micheal Lambert, Engineering Education, September 2013 - January 2014

                      Research Synopsis

                      My name is Dr. Wade Goodridge and I developed an interest in the field of Engineering Education as I obtained my Civil Engineering B.S and graduate degrees. I became an assistant professor at Utah State University in the Engineering Education Department after spending five years teaching Engineering Courses as a Principal Lecturer on Utah State University's Brigham City Regional Campus. I have an interest in online engineering education and I am passionate about this field for the opportunities it presents to broaden engineering education at all levels.

                      My current research involves spatial thinking/cognition, an intelligence that encompasses the many constructs of spatial ability. My research bridges areas involving cognitive spatial strategies employed by students solving foundational engineering problems to measuring brainwave activity while working on spatial and engineering problems. Spatial ability is an aspect of human intelligence measured through traditional occupationally designed tests such as the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test of Rotations, (PSVT:R) and has been correlated to performance in STEM disciplines at both the undergraduate and even professional levels. Research looking at how spatial ability develops is now becoming a prominent area of interest. I am currently investigating the development of spatial ability in blind and visually impaired youth who engage in engineering activities. This work is using a mixed method research design incorporating quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

                      I am also currently engaged in research investigating water quality and pump filtration solutions for the Utah Department of Transportation. This work has involved a team of undergraduate research assistants and two graduate research assistants. A side product of this research has been an investigation into the self-efficacy and confidence of undergraduate students engaged in authentic engineering experiences.

                      I will have an upcoming opening for a graduate assistant at my lab. If you have an interest in mixed method research directed towards spatial ability and spatial thinking then I encourage you to contact me through email at wade.goodridge@usu.edu (preferred) or call my office at 1-435-797-9051.

                      Spatial Thinking and its Correlation to Statics Engineering Curriculum

                      PI: Wade Goodridge PhD
                      Co-PI: None

                      Overview

                      Spatial ability has been correlated to success in STEM degrees and STEM professions. It is a factor that has been seen to impact student success (Halpern & Collaer, 2005: Sorby, Veurink, and Dulaney, 2013; Sorby & Veurink, 2012). Spatial ability can be defined as a measure of one construct of spatial thinking such the ability to rotate an object in the mind. Spatial thinking is “a collection of cognitive skills consisting of declarative and perceptual forms of knowledge and some cognitive operations that can be used to transform, combine, or otherwise operate on this knowledge” (National Research Council, 2006). This work focuses on determining the gains in spatial ability that engineering students develop as a result of exposure to an engineering mechanics: statics curriculum. Additionally, the work desires to understand the demographic variables that impact student’s spatial ability.

                      Amount: Internal

                      Status: In progress

                      Funded by: Utah State University

                      Understanding Neural Efficiencies Similarities in Students solving Spatial Ability and Statics Problems

                      PI: Wade Goodridge, PhD
                      Co-PI: Idalis Villanueva, PhD



                      Overview: 

                      Spatial Ability is a prime area of investigation regarding the similarities and differences in neural efficiencies of students engaged in problem-solving. There are also distinct avenues to question regarding how these neural patterns relate to problem-solving in other areas such as engineering coursework. This research looks to establish a methodology for such an investigation as well as begin to understand the similarities and differences in neural efficiencies of those in the engineering curriculum.

                      Amount: Internal
                      Status: In progress
                      Funded by: Utah State University

                      A Response to the Next Generation Science Standards Movement to Adopt Engineering

                      PI: Wade Goodridge, PhD
                      Co-PI: Kurt Becker, PhD



                      Overview:

                      The work looks to develop a survey for secondary education science teachers to inform academia of their perceptions regarding the need for professional development and training in engineering. It is in answer to the Next Generation Science Standards push to include this subject area in science teachers' existing curriculum. Professional development would be organized and situated around engineering knowledge, and applications and will facilitate the development of curriculum that teachers could incorporate into their existing science courses. The survey instrument will reflect science educators desire for such training as well as to what areas they would specifically like to have training in.



                      Amount:  19,646
                      Status:  In progress
                      Funded by:  Utah State University