Dr. Shane Brown is an associate professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. His research interests are in engineering education, with a focus on cognition and learning, faculty decision making related to teaching and curriculum development, and student engagement in the classroom.
His cognition research utilizes theories of conceptual change to investigate why some concepts within transportation engineering and solid and fluid mechanics are hard to learn. He also conducts research on how fundamental concepts are used in engineering design in the workplace using theories of situated cognition. His efforts to develop and assess research-based educational interventions aim to improve student engagement in and out of the classroom environment and to improve student understanding of complex engineering concepts.
Dr. Brown has more than five years of professional engineering experience and is a licensed professional engineer. He has secured more than $3.5 million in research funding as PI and $7 million as Co-PI. He has authored more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. Dr. Brown has been recognized for his efforts in teaching, research, and service with numerous university, regional and national awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the national ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.