Barbara M. Olds
Office: CTLM 212
Barbara M. Olds is Associate Vice President for Educational Innovation and Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines. She recently returned to Colorado after spending three years at the U.S. National Science Foundation where she served as the Division Director for the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) in the Education and Human Resources Directorate. In addition, she was Acting Division Director for Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education (ESIE) for one year. During the 2006-2007 academic year Barbara will be spending part of her time at Purdue University as a Visiting Professor of Engineering Education. At Colorado School of Mines Barbara has also been the Principal Tutor/Director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers and Director of the EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) Program. Her research interests are primarily in understanding and assessing undergraduate engineering student learning. Her current research focuses on development of concept inventories for engineering topics. She has participated in a number of curriculum innovation projects and has been active in the engineering education and assessment communities. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education where she served on the Board of Directors from 2002-2004 and was a Fulbright lecturer/researcher in Sweden in 1999.
- Humanities/ Engineering Integration
- Multicultural Literature