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Donna Riley

Associate Professor of Engineering

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Donna Riley

Donna Riley's research spans disciplinary boundaries, integrating science and technology studies, ethics, and education with engineering, striving to make engineering education and practice more socially just.

In 2005 she received an NSF CAREER award on implementing and assessing critical and feminist pedagogies in engineering classrooms. She followed this with a second NSF award focused on strategies for propagating transformative findings from engineering education research among engineering educators. Riley's books include Engineering and Social Justice (Morgan and Claypool, 2008) and Engineering Thermodynamics and 21st Century Energy Problems (Morgan and Claypool, 2011).

She is the 2012 recipient of the Sterling Olmsted Award from the American Society of Engineering Education honoring "distinguished contributions to the development and teaching of liberal arts in engineering education." In 2010 she received the GLBT Educator of the Year Award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals. In 2013 her thermodynamics students swept the awards in the National Academy of Engineering's Energy Ethics Video Challenge, winning Best Video and four of four Best in Theme Awards.

Riley holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Selected Recent Publications

Riley, D.M. Engineering and social justice. Morgan and Claypool, 2008.

Nieusma, D. and Riley, D. Designs on Development: Engineering, Globalization, and Social Justice. Engineering Studies 2(1): 29-59, 2010.

Riley, D., Howe, S., Reinhardt, N., Farris, J., and Lane, P. Design for Economic Empowerment: Student Engagement and Learning across Cultures and Disciplines. Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 4(2): 147-172, 2009.

Riley, D. and Claris, L. From Persistence to Resistance: Pedagogies of Liberation for Inclusive Science and Engineering. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology 1(1) 2009.

Riley, D., Pawley, A.L., Tucker, J. and Catalano, G.D. Feminisms in Engineering Education: Transformative Possibilities. National Women's Studies Association Journal, 21 (2):21-40, 2009.

Riley, D.M. and Claris, L. Developing and Assessing Students' Capacity for Lifelong Learning. International Journal of Engineering Education 24 (5): 906-916, 2008.

Selected Honors and Awards