NSF-IWBWs Schedule

Presenter Bios

Lance C. Pérez

Lance C. Pérez has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) since August 1996 where he holds the rank of Professor. He received his BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. In 1995 he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Signal and Information Processing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. From August 2008 to August 2010 he was a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he worked on the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program, the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program and the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program. Dr. Pérez’s research interests are in the areas of wireless communications, sensor networks, image processing and engineering education. He was the recipient of a NSF CAREER award and has been the PI or co-PI on over ten million dollars of federally funded grants. While at UNL he has received many teaching awards including the university’s College Outstanding Teaching Award. As a member of Higher Education Services he is involved in efforts to provide faculty development that supports innovation and diffusion of ideas in STEM education.


Roger K. Seals

Roger K. Seals has over 40 years of teaching, research and administrative experience and currently holds the rank of Irma-Louise Rush Stewart Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University. In addition to his academic appointments at West Virginia University (1965-80) and Louisiana State University (1980-2005), he served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation for two years (2003-05). While at NSF, he participated collaboratively in the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI (now TUES) Program; the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program; the Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS) Program; the STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP); and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Program. At LSU, he held administrative positions as Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, Director of the Institute for Recyclable Materials and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

During his career, Dr. Seals served as Chairman of the Course, Curriculum, and Accreditation and Research in Civil Engineering Education Committees of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Chairman of the Teaching Methods Committee of the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education; and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Following his retirement in August 2005, Dr. Seals initiated work on undergraduate student development and retention projects in collaboration with the LSU College of Engineering. Specifically, he served as Co-PI for a STEP 1A Project at LSU (2007-2012), where he was principally responsible for the faculty development component of the project.

He currently serves as a Co-PI for a recently awarded STEP 1B Project (2013-2018) which is a collaboration between LSU and the Baton Rouge Community College. Beginning in Fall 2009, Dr. Seals has served as PI for a series of internet-based workshop projects to improve the project development and management skills of faculty for the CCLI and TUES Programs. Facilitated logistically by Dr. Seals, a series of interactive, web-based workshops were conducted by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education Program Directors. Although initially directed primarily at engineering faculty, the workshop series was offered to computer science faculty as well starting in Fall 2011. Currently, he is working in collaboration with investigators at AAAS and Higher Education Services to offer a series of interactive, web-based workshops to STEM faculty nationally to improve TUES project development and management.


Sheryl Sorby

Sheryl Sorby is a professor emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University and the PI or coPI on more than $7M in grant funding. She is currently serving as a Visiting Professor in the Engineering Education and Innovation Center at The Ohio State University. She is the former Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech. She served at the National Science Foundataion as a Program Director in the Division of Undrgraduate Education. She received a BS in Civil Engineering, an MS in Engineering Mechanics, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, all from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Sorby has a well-established research program in spatial visualization and is actively involved in the development of various educational programs. She has published more than sixty papers in journals and conference proceedings and is the author of seven textbooks. She was the recipient of the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award in 1996 and the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998, both for the North Midwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE in 2007. She was inducted into the Michigan Tech Council of Alumnae in 1997. In 2005 she received the Betty Vetter award for Research on Women in Engineering through the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN) for her work in improving the 3-D spatial skills of engineering students. In 2009 she was inducted as a Fellow in the ASEE and in 2011 she received the Sharon Keillor award for oustanding woman engineering educator from ASEE.

Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean, Dr. Sorby served as chair of the Engineering Fundamentals Department. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the newly adopted First Year Engineering Program at Michigan Tech. Dr. Sorby was integrally involved in every stage of development for this program including serving as coPI on a grant from the NSF securing funding for the development of the program and serving as chair of the committee that developed the implementation plan for the first-year engineering program. She oversaw the renovation of classrooms conducive to active collaborative learning in a technology- rich setting and was responsible for hiring and training faculty for the first year engineering classes.