Cheryl Cass

Adjunct Professor

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).