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Christine Masters

Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs, and Associate Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Engineering Dean's Office
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics

208 Hammond Building

cbm100@psu.edu

814-865-6674

Research Areas:

Interest Areas:

Engineering education, instructional technology, and numberical modeling.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1987
  • Ph D, Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1992

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Thomas Litzinger, Peggy N van Meter, Carla M. Firetto, Lucas Passmore, Christine Masters, Stephen R Turns, Gary L Gray, Francesco Costanzo and Sarah E Zappe, 2010, "A Cognitive Study of Problem Solving in Statics", Journal of Engineering Education, 99, (4), pp. 337-353
  • N. J. Salamon and Christine Masters, 1995, "Bifurcation in Isotropic Thin Film/Substrate Systems", Int. J. of Solids and Structures, 32, (3/4), pp. 473-481
  • Christine Masters and N. J. Salamon, 1994, "Geometrically Nonlinear Stress-Deflection Relations for Thin Film / Substrate Systems with a Finite Element Comparison", J. of Applied Mechanics, 61, (4), pp. 872-878
  • Christine Masters and N. J. Salamon, 1993, "Geometrically Nonlinear Stress-Deflection Relations for Thin Film / Substrate Systems with a Finite Element Comparison", Int. J. Engng. Sci., 31, (6), pp. 915-925
  • D. E. Fahnline, Christine Masters and N. J. Salamon, 1991, "Thin Film Stresses from Nonspherical Substrate Bending Measurements", J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A, 9, (4)

Conference Proceedings

  • Cliff J. Lissenden, Christine Masters, Samia A. Suliman and Roxanne Toto, 2011, "Supplemental Learning Tools for Statics and Strength of Materials", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Lucas Passmore, Thomas Litzinger, Christine Masters, Stephen R Turns, Peggy N van Meter, Carla Firetto and Sarah E Zappe, 2010, "Students' Conceptual Understanding of Couples and Moment", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Thomas Litzinger, Peggy N van Meter, Carla Firetto, Lucas Passmore, Christine Masters, Stephen R Turns and Sarah E Zappe, 2009, "Improving Student's Ability to Model During Problem Solving in Statics", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Christine Masters, Alexander Yin, Gul Okudan and Mieke Schuurman, 2009, "Assessing Growth of Engineering Students using e-portfolios: A MDL-Based Approach", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Christine Masters, Samuel T Hunter and Gul Kremer, 2009, "Design Process Learning and Creative Processing Ability: Is there Synergy?", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Thomas Litzinger, Carla Firetto, Lucas Passmore, Peggy N van Meter, Kelli Higley, Christine Masters, Francesco Costanzo, Gary L Gray, Stephen R Turns and Jonna M Kulikowich, 2008, "Identifying and Remediating Deficiencies in Problem-Solving in Statics", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Mieke Schuurman, Christine Masters, Peggy N van Meter and Gul Kremer, 2008, "Enhancing Design Learning by Implementing Electronic Portfolios", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Christine Masters, Mieke Schuurman, Gul Kremer and Samuel T Hunter, 2008, "An Investigation of Gaps in Design Process Learning: Is there a Missing Link Between Breadth and Depth?", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Kelli Higley, Thomas Litzinger, Peggy N van Meter, Christine Masters and Jonna M Kulikowich, 2007, "Effects of Conceptual Understanding, Math, and Visualization Skills on Problem- Solving in Statics", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Christine Masters, Sarah Rzasa, Jill L Lane and Richard A Behr, 2005, "How to Assess or How Not to Assess ... That is the Question", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Judith Todd, Akhlesh Lakhtakia and Christine Masters, 2005, "Innovations in Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs: Focus on Multilevel Communication Skills", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Christine Masters and Renata S Engel, 2002, "Spicing up Statics Lectures with Concept Questions and 'Around Town' Assignments", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Christine Masters and Richard A Behr, 2001, "Integrated statics experiments in the 'MechANEX' mini-laboratory", American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
  • Eric Matsumoto, Christine Masters, Alkim Akyurtlu, David Hill, Melody Ivory, Amelia Regan, Erol Tutumluer, Kathelln Coppock, Sandra Courter, Kathleen Luker and Sarah Pratteicher, 1998, "The Engineering Education Scholars Program - Preparing a New Generation of Faculty"
  • Christine Masters and N. J. Salamon, 1993, "A New Stress Relation for Thin Film Systems", ASME/ASCE/SES Joint meeting Proceedings AMD Vol. 159, Mechanics of Composite Materials - Nonlinear Effects
  • Christine Masters and N. J. Salamon, 1991, "Practical Application of a Geometrically Nonlinear Stress - Curvature Relation", Thin Films: Stress and Mechanical Properties III (Materials Research Society Proceedings 239 )
  • Christine Masters, N. J. Salamon and D. E. Fahnline, 1990, "Deflection Shapes Due to Intrinsic Stress in Thin Films", Thin Films: Stress and Mechanical Properties II (Materials Research Society Proceedings 188 )

Research Projects

  •  2016 -  2020, "," (Sponsor: PSU Provost).
  • January 2010 - May 2012, "Enhancement of Learning in Statics and Strength of Materials: Phase I"," (Sponsor: COE Leonhard Center).
  • June 2007 - December 2007, "Effects of Classroom Location and Use of Personal Response System on Level of Student Peer Interactions and Self Efficacy," (Sponsor: Rigorous Research in Engineering Education).

Honors and Awards

  • James L. Meriam Service Award, American Society for Engineering Education - Mechanics Division, 2017
  • Alumni Anniversary Fellow, Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, 2012
  • George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State University, 2012
  • Outstanding Advising Award, Penn State Engineering Alumni Society, 2010
  • Engineering Science Faculty Marshal, May 2010
  • Academic Computing Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, August 1987 - May 1991
  • Dean’s Fellowship, Penn State College of Engineering, 1987

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Co-Chairperson, August Arrival Implementation committee, 2017 - 2018
  • , Bi-monthly meeting of Student Support team directors, 2017 - 2018
  • , For the Glory, 2016 - 2018
  • Organizer, Enrollment Controlled majors ETM working group, 2017 - 2018
  • Committee Member, Search committee for the PSU VP for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of Student Aid, December 2017 - January 2018
  • , Registrar NDEGC working group, 2017
  • Co-Chairperson, Penn State Proctoring Committee, 2016 - 2017
  • Representative, LionPATH Change Champion, 2014 - 2017
  • Administrator, Temple University study abroad program, March 2017 - March 2017
  • Presenter, MNE department academic integrity presentation, April 2017
  • Judge, Multi-Campus REU program, July 2017
  • Faculty, Graduate School commencement faculty marshal, August 2017
  • , COE Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation (MEPO) Networking Luncheon, 2014 - 2017
  • Committee Member, ESM External Review Leadership Team, 2017
  • Committee Member, ACUE LionPATH issues sub-committee, September 2016 - August 2017
  • Presenter, COE new faculty workshop - session on academic integrity, 2016 - 2017
  • Panelist, WEP graduate student series luncheon on Work-Life balance, 2017
  • Judge, University Research Exhibition, April 2016
  • Faculty, Diversity in Engineering 30-year Gala, April 2016
  • Member, EFC sub-committee to review possible ETM alternatives, 2016
  • Attendee, Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion Advisory Board meeting, October 2016
  • Co-Chairperson, LionPATH Advising Advisory Committee, 2015 - 2016
  • , Interim Director of the Engineering Advising Center, January 2016 - May 2016
  • Organizer, August Arrival pre-scheduling working group, 2016
  • , Temporary ASR coordinator, 2015
  • Judge, Multi-Campus REU program, July 2015
  • Judge, University Research Exhibition, April 2015
  • , LionPATH Registration working group, 2015
  • Faculty, PSU New Student Convocation, August 2014
  • , Leonhard Center Board Meeting, April 2014
  • Judge, University Research Exhibition, April 2014
  • Member, Engineering Science Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2003 - 2013
  • Member, Engineering Science Undergraduate Portfolio Committee, 2006 - 2013
  • Member, Engineering Science ABET Committee, 2003 - 2013
  • Member, Engineering Science Recruitment Committee, 2003 - 2013
  • Organizer, ETCE All-Campus Mechanics Faculty Workshop, 2003 - 2013
  • Chairperson, Engineering Science Scholarship Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • Chairperson, COE Academic Integrity Committee, August 2012 - December 2013
  • Committee Member, COE UG Studies Curriculum Review Committee, August 2008 - December 2013
  • Presenter, FE Exam review, Tau Beta Pi, 2005 - 2013
  • Faculty Mentor, COE Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) Networking Dinner, 2010 - 2013
  • Faculty Advisor, Tau Beta Pi honor society, Penn State chapter, April 2007 - December 2013
  • Member, Engineering Science Scholarship Committee, 2003 - 2012
  • Representative, Private/Prep School High School Counselor's Dinner, January 2011 - January 2011
  • Coordinator, Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship, 2005 - 2010
  • , Student Recruitment - Site Visit, October 2008 - October 2008
  • Committee Member, PSU Academic Integrity task-force, 2017
  • Coordinator, Student Services support team meetings, 2017
  • , Grade Adjudication Review Process facilitator, 2014
  • Administrator, COE Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) Networking Dinner, 2014
  • Administrator, COE Academic Integrity Committee, January 2014
  • Administrator, IPAC (Industrial and Professional Advisory Council), March 2014
  • Panelist, Millennium Scholars Interview Weekend faculty panel discussion, 2013
  • Administrator, COE Endowment Banquet, 2014
  • , Undergraduate Records decisions and implementation processes, 2014
  • , Gender Equity Initiative, 2017
  • Administrator, Networking at the annual COE football tailgate, 2014
  • Committee Member, COE UG Studies Curriculum Review Committee, January 2014
  • , Student Athlete eligibility verification, 2014

Service to External Organizations:

  • Panelist, Ethics research study focus group, November 2008 - November 2008
  • Representative, ASEE Undergraduate Experience Committee, 2014
 


 

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523