Deborah M. Besser
Dr. Deborah Besser, is a licensed engineer with a breadth of teaching and engineering experience. Currently, she teaches engineering education and provides development expertise in this emerging educational sphere. Previous professional experience includes instruction in structural systems (steel, timber, concrete, masonry), statics, strength of materials, engineering economy, construction materials, construction management and graphic design. Dr. Besser, who holds a PhD in education, entered the K-12 education realm as Program Director with the UK College of Engineering where her responsibilities included design and implementation of pioneering K-12 engineering education programs. Prior to teaching, Dr. Besser was a design engineer with HNTB-CA, where she worked on seismic retrofits and new design of high profile transportation structures. The unifying theme of her vocational mission is that she is committed to building bridges.
Research interests are engineering education oriented and include best practices in engineering education, K-12 engineering education foundational knowledge, inclusiveness, and learning systems with a focus on team based learning.