Professor Cheryl Cass joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2011. She earned dual BS degrees in biological and agricultural engineering and biomedical engineering from NCSU and a MSE and PhD degrees from the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University while also earning a graduate Certifcate in Engineering and Science Education. She went on to serve as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University Where her worked involved (1) qualitative evaluation of pedagogies that positively influence physics identity development (NSF # 0952460), (2) quantitative analysis of a nationally-representative dataset examining fluctuations in engineering career trajectories (NSF # 0624444), (3) investigation of the use of sustainability topics to recruit females into engineering disciplines (NSF # 1036617), and (4) examination of the impact of mathematics identity on engineering career choice (NSF #0813702).
In 2011, Dr. Cass was awarded an Apprentice Faculty Grant by the Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, Cass’ current duties as undergraduate program director include: advising MSE undergraduate students; directing the MSE ABET and MSE curriculum committees; serving on the College of Engineering curriculum committee; and driving MSE undergraduate recruitment. Her research focuses on the intersection of science and engineering identity and engineering career choice in post-secondary and graduate level programs, and her work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF # 1259630; NSF # 1535254). Prof Cass teaches MSE 201 (Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials), MSE 423/470 (Senior Design), MSE 485 (Biomaterials).