Wade Goodridge's current research interests include spatial thinking, creativity, effective pedagogy/andragogy in engineering education and professional development for 9-12 grade science faculty designated to teach engineering. His research revolves around developing and validating curricular methods to improve engineering education in informal, traditional, distance, and professional environments. Dr. Goodridge currently teaches courses in “Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Engineering Education” and “Engineering Mechanics: Statics.” He has additionally developed and team-taught a course in Open Channel Flow for private, state, and federal professional engineers. Dr. Goodridge holds dual B.S. degrees in Industrial Technology Education and Civil and Environmental Engineering. His graduate work encompasses an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a focus on stair step spillway flow transition using a mitered ogee crest and sediment transport modeling in culvert systems, respectively. Dr. Goodridge also holds a certificate in fire protection engineering from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.
He is currently engaged in research that is investigating spatial ability in blind and visually impaired youth completing engineering learning activities as well as a water quality and pump filtration project for The Utah Department of Transportation. Dr. Goodridge actively consults for projects including the development of an online curriculum style guide for Siemens software instruction, development of engineering activities for blind and visually impaired youth, and the implementation and investigation of a framework of engineering content to incorporate into P-12 engineering education. Dr. Goodridge also actively consults in areas of hydraulic engineering for a variety of private, state, and government firms and agencies.