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Idalis Villanueva PhD

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Engineering Education

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: ENGR 225
DialPhone: 435-797-0773
SendEmail: idalis.villanueva@usu.edu


Educational Background

Other, Analytical Cell Biology, National Institutes of Health, 2011
PhD, Chemical and Biological Engineering, (Tissue Engineering), University of Colorado, 2009
The effects of biochemical and biomechanical cues on cartilage cells sing synthetic, photopolymerizable hydrogels
MS, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, 2007
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 2004

Licensures & Certifications

Biometric Research and Education, iMotions, 2017
STEM Women of Color Leadership Academy, STEM Women of Color Conclave, 2016
Policy Analysis and Research Certificate, RAND Corporation, 2015

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in Engineering Education Department that is housed in the College of Engineering at Utah State University.


Teaching Interests

I am interested in teaching entry level engineering courses that incorporates experiential learning with motivational constructs to form well-rounded engineering professionals.

Research Interests

I am interested in learning about the interface of classroom learning environments and accessibility of resources (mentoring, student support, training materials) in the self-efficacy, formation, and emotional/mental well being of engineering students. Literature points to these constructs being integral to professional formation of students and in student retention and performance. In my work, I use electrodermal and biological markers as indicators of students' emotional arousal with a combination of self-reported surveys and qualitative interviews in a mixed-method manner. I am also interested in student well-being through the revealing and uncovering of Hidden Curriculum in Engineering, which are the unwritten norms, values, and beliefs that are held by majority actors in engineering.

Awards

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2016

Pardee RAND Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Research and Analysis, 2015

Pardee RAND Graduate School

RGS Washington, D.C. Faculty Fellow, 2014

Utah State University

ENG IUSE IDEAS LAB (Alternate), 2014

NSF

QEM CAREER Workshop Recipient 2014, 2014

Quality Education for Minorities Network in NSF

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Villanueva, I., Mom the Chemistry Professor, 2nd edition: The Bigger Picture: My Journey to a Purposeful Life and Career in Academi.

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Villanueva, I., Campbell, B., Raikes, A., Jones, S., L.P, (2018). An exploration of engineering students’ physiological arousals and academic emotions towards passive and active design activities across a semester. Journal of Engineering Education
        • Villanueva, I., Di Stefano, M., (2017). Narrative inquiry on the teaching of STEM to blind high school students. , 7:89, 1-16.
        • Villanueva, I., Nadelson, L., (2017). Are We Preparing Our Students to Become Engineers of the Future or the Past?. International Journal of Engineering Education, 33:2A, 639-652.
        • Fang, N., Lawanto, O., Goodridge, W.H, Villanueva, I., Becker, K., (2016). A Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program on Engineering Education Research. International Journal of Engineering Education. Vol. 32(5A), pp. 1836-1846, 23:5, 1836-1846.
        • Call, B.J, Goodridge, W.H, Villanueva, I., Valladares, M., Green, C., Wan, N., Jordan, K.E, Utilizing Electroencephalography Measurements for Comparison of Task-Specific Neural Efficiencies: Spatial Intelligence Tasks. Journal of Visualized Experiments
        • Villanueva, I., Valladares, M.M, Goodridge, W.H, (2016). Use of Galvanic skin responses, salivary biomarkers, and affective inquiries of early undergraduate students completing representative problems for their degree. Journal of Visualized Experiments
        • Forman, J., Gubbins, J., Bruce-Davis, M., Villanueva, I., Massicotte, M., Callahan, C., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2015). National Survey of STEM High Schools' Curricular and Instructional Strategies and Practices.. Journal of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools
        • Pivovarova, N., Stanika, R., Kazanina, G., Villanueva, I., Andrews, B., (2014). The interactive roles of zinc and calcium in mitochondrial dysfunction and neurodegeneration. Journal of Neurochemistry, 128:4, 592-602.
        • Professional Journal

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  EED 7040 - Qualitative Methods in Engineering Education, Spring 2018

                  ENGR 1500 - Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Spring 2018

                  EED 7900 - Independent Study, Fall 2017

                  ENGR 1500 - Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Fall 2017

                  ENGR 1500 - Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Fall 2017

                  EED 6090 - Developing an Online Educational Curriculum, Spring 2017

                  EED 6090 - Developing an Online Educational Curriculum, Spring 2017

                  ENGR 1500 - Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Spring 2017

                  EED 7900 - Independent Study, Fall 2016

                  ENGR 1500 - Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Fall 2016

                  ENGR 1500 - Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Fall 2016

                  EED 7040 - Qualitative Methods in Engineering Education, Spring 2016

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2015

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2015

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2015

                  EED 6090 - Developing an Online Educational Curriculum, Summer 2015

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Summer 2015

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2014

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2014

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Fall 2014

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2014

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2014

                  MAE 1200 - Engineering Graphics, Spring 2014


                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Darcie Christensen, January 2017
                  Katherine Youmans, January 2017
                  Laura Gelles, Engineering Education, January 2015
                  Maria Valladares, Engineering Education, January 2014 - December 2015

                  Research Synopsis

                  Welcome to the Engineering Education Department at Utah State University! My name is Dr. Idalis Villanueva and currently, I am an Assistant Professor in this department. I have a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering and a Post-doctoral degree in Neurobiology. As a graduate student, I always had a passion for education and outreach where I continually sought ways to improve retention of underrepresented and underserved groups. That is where my passion for Engineering Education began ...

                  For the past year, I have been researching ways to study stress and assess its impact on academic performance and professional identity development in engineering students. Stress is a multifactorial phenomenon that is revealed through psychological, biological and physiological responses to a challenging event. I believe that a stressed out student is unable to perform to their full potential and in tum, affects how they view their professional roles in the future. Similar to the plant diagram below, at the root of the problem, stress manifests itself in different ways that can lead to the deterioration of one's ability to perform, succeed, and persist academically. Thus, it is important to tackle at its core, the issue of stress in order to develop potential solutions and strategies to this persisting problem.

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                  Starting Fall 2016, there is one available graduate student position in my lab. If you are interested in this topic and/or would like to find out more about the requirements for entry to my lab, please contact me by email at idalis.villanueva@usu.edu (preferred) or by phone at (435)-797-0773. If you are unable to reach me, please contact our Staff Assistant at eedinfo@usu.edu or at (435)-797-2758. I look forward to speaking with you!

                  Accessible Maker Spaces and Leadership in Engineering

                  PI: Idalis Villanueva, PhD
                  Co-PI: Wade Goodridge, PhD/Louis Nadelson, PhD


                  Overview:

                  The Maker movement has generated a great deal of interest into how individuals are motivated to learn in non-traditional classroom environments. It should allow for a diverse group of learners to participate in these activities. Yet, maker spaces are highly criticized regarding its accessibility to learners of all abilities as well as their leadership structures. This research is divided into two areas: accessibility and organizational leadership. Understanding of both aspects of maker spaces can allow us to better understand its impact and sustainability for engineering education.

                  Amount: Internal Start-Up Funds
                  Status: In Progress
                  Funded by: Utah State University

                  Exploring Engineering Self-Efficacy and Emotions in Real-Time in the Classroom

                  PI: Idalis Villanueva, PhD
                  Co-PI: Suzanne Jones, PhD and Brett Campbell, PhD


                  Overview:

                  Engineering has often been considered a “cognitive” field with little focus on the emotional and motivational aspects of engineering learning. This work combines physiological sensors along with self-report surveys to identify students’ real-time journey in the engineering classroom.

                  Amount: Internal Start-Up Funds and RC SEED Grant
                  Status: In Progress
                  Funded by: Utah State University

                  Engineering Professional Identity Development: Historical Lenses and Instrument Development

                  PI: Idalis Villanueva, PhD
                  Co-PI: Louis Nadelson, PhD


                  Overview:

                  Engineering education has suffered from evolving needs as the advent of progress has moved into our 21st-century society. However, engineering curriculum has been in a state of stasis for hundreds of years! This research explores how students perceive their engineering education and the work of engineers through the historical lens of U.S. engineering education.

                  Amount: Internal Start-Up Funds
                  Status: In Progress
                  Funded by:  Utah State University

                  Women Graduate Students and Faculty in Science and Engineering

                  PI: Idalis Villanueva, PhD


                  Overview:

                  This collective case study aims to understand how issues of Tokenism (the perverse visibility and convenient invisibility of being the distinctive minority in a group) for women in science and engineering influences their exposure/understanding of ethical principles of mentoring across science and engineering disciplines.

                  Amount: Internal Start-Up Funds and Center for Women and Gender Studies Grant
                  Status: To begin July 2016
                  Funded by: Utah State University