People in Engineering Education
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Brian Frank is the inaugural Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Dr. Frank received his B.Sc. (1997), M.Sc. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston.
Dr. Frank joined Queen’s in 2001 as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, progressing through the ranks to Full Professor in 2016. From 2004-2006, Dr. Frank was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now called the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). In 2008, he was appointed Director (Program Development) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, overseeing curriculum development, assessment and outcomes-related accreditation processes, and education technology. Dr. Frank was awarded the endowed DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in 2010.
Dr. Frank is one of the co-founders of the Canadian Engineering Education Association and over the past five years has coordinated the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development (EGAD) Project, working with the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to develop national guidelines and resources for outcomes assessment in engineering education.
Dr. Frank has been recognized with several awards, including a nomination from Queen’s University for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award in 2011, and the 2010 Engineering Society’s Golden Pillar award.
If you have an interest in graduate studies in engineering education, contact Dr. Frank.
NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
A Queen's graduate in mechanical engineering, David has spent over two decades in industry as a design engineer and engineering manager. His experience in design and development spans three different areas: the primary aluminum industry, biomedical and biotechnology instrumentation, and high volume consumer products.
The Design Engineering Chair is central to the vision and anticipated evolution of design engineering at Queen's University; the belief in the need to educate all engineering students in the multidisciplinary nature of design, in parallel with the need to provide all engineering students with the skills required to become effective team members given the challenges of the shared workplace upon graduation. The faculty of Applied Science at Queen's University has a long and rich history of excellence in engineering and research. In order to remain a forefront engineering school, Queen's in is the midst of a major curriculum reform, known as Integrated Learning
The Design Chair plays a crucial role in the overall Integrated Learning Program, particularly in developing a core of design subjects available in all ten programs, and in strengthening the introductory courses in design taken by all students. A primary goal of the Chair is to administer a multidisciplinary design engineering stream open to students from all of the engineering disciplines. The multidisciplinary design stream, in conjunction with the Integrated Learning Centre, will generate innovative products and processes in response to needs identified by industrial partners. The Chair develops and strengthens industrial relationships, and partners with industry and business to provide meaningful and appropriate design and development projects involving teams of students from all years and all disciplines, engineers from industry, and faculty.
Combining NSERC's vision for innovative design engineers with the breadth of educational initiatives offered through Integrated Learning, Queen's engineering students have the opportunity to build real-world engineering experience while still in their undergraduate program.
If you have an interest in graduate studies in engineering education, contact Dr. Strong.
Assessment and Quality Assurance Coordinator
Dr. Jake Kaupp is the Assessment and Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Kaupp received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University (2003), Masters of Science (2006) and PhD (2012) from Queen’s University in Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Kaupp joined Queen’s in 2012 after completing his PhD as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Engineering Education and Program Manager of the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development (EGAD) Project. He worked with Dr. Brian Frank on a number of Engineering Education Research Project focused on assessment and learning outcomes which lead to participation in Queen’s, National and International collaborations.
He transitioned to the position of Assessment and Quality Assurance Coordinator in 2015, combining his expertise in educational technology, data science and information visualization with deep knowledge of outcomes-based assessment and continuous improvement to implement the Queen’s Engineering approach to accreditation. As part of this position, Dr. Kaupp supports all engineering programs in internal (QUQAP) and external (CEAB accreditation) quality assurance matters. He is also working to further develop the infrastructure and capacity for the adoption and use of learning analytics approaches in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
Dr. Kaupp actively supports of number of ongoing Engineering Education research projects, acting as a co-investigator as well as a data and visualization specialist.
Engineering Outreach Coordinator
Scott Compeau is the Engineering Outreach Coordinator for the Connections: Queen’s Engineering Experience Program based out of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Scott received his BSc degree in Chemical Engineering, his MASc degree specializing in Engineering Education, and is currently working on his PhD in education, all from Queen’s University. For the past two years, Scott has been involved with growing the engineering outreach department while developing experiential engineering education opportunities for pre-university students. Scott’s role within Teaching and Learning in the Faculty also includes developing and delivering professional development workshops for K-12 educators who are looking to integrate engineering design and principles into their teaching practice.
Deena A. Salem
Research Associate - Change Lab Initiative
Deena received her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt, and her BEd from Queen’s University. Currently, she is working towards her MEd from Queen’s University, focusing on the enhancement of learners’ engagement in applied science and engineering education. For the last two decades, Dr. Salem has been involved in various educational development projects, and has taught a diverse set of general and specialized courses in the field of electrical engineering. She has supervised a number of capstone design projects and research-oriented theses for both Masters and PhD students in the field of microwave engineering. She has worked for more than three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at RMC, Kingston.
Research Associate & EGAD Project Program Manager
Nerissa Mulligan, P.Eng., holds degrees in Geological Engineering (BASc) from Queen’s University and in Water Resources (Civil Engineering MASc) from the University of British Columbia. She is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s. Prior to joining Queen’s, she worked on research and consulting projects related to municipal systems, environmental engineering, groundwater monitoring, and surface water monitoring across British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Nerissa is the Engineering Graduate Attributes Development (EGAD) Project Program Manager and the Research Coordinator for a Queen’s research project funded by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), which aims to develop a web-based tool to support student mobility. She is also involved in other research projects in the field of Engineering Education, including the Post-secondary and Workplace Skills (PAWS) project and the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC) project.
Manager, Online Learning and Development
Eric Tremblay, M.Sc, M.Ed., is the Manager (Online Learning and Development) with more than 15 years’ experience designing and developing online courses and programs. Eric provides leadership to a team of instructional designers and multimedia support personnel that directly support instructors in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a Certified Instructional Designer and has taught online courses for St. Lawrence College, the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University. He is a Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer and an editorial review board member for both the Journal of Computers and Mathematics in Science Teaching, and the Journal of Interactive Learning Research.
Leigha Covell is an Instructional Designer with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Teaching and Learning Team. Before coming to Queen’s, Leigha worked as an Instructional Designer at the Royal Military College of Canada. In her role, she provides pedagogical support for course design, manages course development and redesign projects, and provides one-on-one support for onsite instructors. Leigha has been an active member of the ePortfolio Community of Practice on campus.
Leigha holds a BEd from McGill University, a MEd from Queen’s University and is currently finishing a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma of Instructional Design from Athabasca University.
Brittany McRae is an Instructional Designer with the Teaching and Learning Team for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Brittany received her BEd from the University of Alberta, and both a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management and an International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Royal Roads University. Over the last decade Brittany has worked in education in various roles including K-12 teaching and program development, Professor of Communications, and as faculty and educational technology support. In her current role, she provides pedagogical support to faculty and subject matter experts in course design and development projects in the areas of writing learning outcomes, constructive alignment, assessment creation, and the integration of learning technologies.
Multimedia Design Specialist
Robert Bertschi is a Multimedia Design Specialist with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. In his role, Robert supports course development teams within the faculty by researching, identifying, testing and implementing educational technologies and video production techniques to enhance the online learning experience for students. In addition, Robert assists with the creation of online course content by sharing knowledge, expertise, and know-how to support the conceptualization and design of online resources, specifically relating to audio, video, and graphical materials.
Robert received his BScH in Cognitive Science (2007), BA in Music (2008) and B.Ed. in Intermediate/Senior Education (2012) at Queen’s, and is currently finishing a Professional Master’s of Education from Queen’s. Robert has previously worked as a high school computer science, history and music teacher in Ontario, Jordan, and England, as well as, developed educational programs for the Boys and Girls Club.
Multimedia Support Analyst
Amir Heidari, is the Multi-Media Support analyst (MMSA) with the Online Learning and Development team at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) with more than 8 years’ experience designing and developing online products, including videos, graphics, and websites (B2B).
He provides assistance and consultation to the course authors at FEAS on developing their digital media products such as videos and presentations. He also is a Quality Matters Certified individual.
Multimedia Support Analyst
Simon Bailey is a Multimedia Support Analyst and holds a BA from the University of the Arts, UK, and is currently working towards a Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. Simon has more than 10 years’ experience working with digital technologies and multimedia, and for over five years has been working specifically developing learning tools within higher education. His current role involves supporting faculty in course design and development and specifically develops digital learning objects for integration into online and blended courses.
Course Design & Development Specialist
Bryn Fraser is a Course Design and Development Specialist with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Teaching and Learning Team. In her role, Bryn is responsible for providing course maintenance and support before, during and after a course offering. This includes establishing courses in OnQ by preparing class websites and configuring course materials, supporting instructors during delivery with items such as LMS extensions, and reporting on delivery through post-delivery review activities.
Before joining Queen’s, Bryn managed Learning Management Systems in both an Educational and Human Resources capacity within the Ontario healthcare industry. Bryn holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from George Brown College.