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Mines professor receives prestigious national honor
Release Date Friday, October 25, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 25, 2013) - Jennifer Karlin, an associate professor in the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology's Department of Industrial Engineering, will be honored tonight with a prestigious national award named after a former Mines faculty member.

Karlin will accept the Ronald J. Schmitz Award at the 2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference. The award honors her outstanding contributions to the conference series through her steering committee activities and, especially, her organization, coordination and management of the 2011 FIE conference held in Rapid City.

Schmitz, the award's namesake, was an electrical engineering professor at the School of Mines for many years and was one of the early founders of the Frontiers in Education conference

Karlin, whose research expertise focuses on holistic learner development and the impact of engineering education on economic development, was among a select group of her peers recently invited by the National Academy of Engineering to participate in the Washington, D.C., meeting on "Surmounting the Barriers: Ethnic Diversity in Engineering Education."

In 2006, Karlin received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to continue her study of organizational and student learning, determining the relative organizational health of colleges and departments of engineering and correlating this to changes in student intellectual development. Her work has been funded by the NSF, the U.S. Air Force and the Material Handling Industry of America.

She has been active in FIE, serving as conference general co-chair for the 2011 conference and an Educational Research Methods (ERM) representative on the FIE steering committee. She has also served as an ERM board member. She received the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) ERM Division Distinguished Service award in 2011.

She instructs courses in engineering management, quality, strategy and operational excellence in both the industrial engineering and engineering management undergraduate and technology management graduate programs. She is also the coordinator of faculty development for the university. Karlin received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, specializing in engineering management.

The conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla., is sponsored by the ASEE, ERM Division; and the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Education Society.


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