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Patricia D. Brackin

Program Director for Engineering Design and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Patricia (Patsy) Brackin is in her first year as director of Rose-Hulman's engineering design program, joining with colleagues to find ways to incorporate design opportunities throughout a student's four-year college experience—in any major course of study. The first step happened this summer when department faculty and English faculty combined on a five-week course that introduced design skills and characteristics for a select group of freshmen. So, it shouldn't be surprising that Dr. Brackin's expertise is in design methodology, creativity and innovation. She also helped develop the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) program, a living-learning experience for students interested in sustainability and humanitarian engineering. Dr. Brackin also spent 11 years as director of Rose-Hulman's Operation Catapult program, helping introduce high-school seniors to the wonders of science and engineering. She attended Green Belt training to learn how Cummins, Inc. incorporates Six Sigma principles into manufacturing and design processes. In addition, she spent a year’s sabbatical with Eli Lilly learning their processes for developing medical devices. Dr. Brackin was a design engineer for Chicago Bridge and Iron before becoming a college professor. She is a big fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Teaching Interests

  • Principles of design
  • Creativity
  • Senior-year capstone courses

Research Experiences

  • Six Sigma projects with Koch Materials (now SemMaterials)

Select Publications & Presentations

  • tyle Poster Sessions for Formative Inter-Team Feedback in Capstone Courses,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 31, No. 6(B), 1,736-1747, 2015
  • Ohland, M., Giurintano, D., Novoselich, B., Brackin, P. and Sangelkar, S., “Supporting Capstone Teams: Lessons from Research on Motivation,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 31, No. 6(B), 1-12, 2015
  • Minster, M., House, R., Mueller-Price, J., Brackin, P. and Taylor, C., “Valuing, Learning: Revising a Sustainability Curriculum for First-Year Students,” American Society of Engineering Education Conference, 2015
  • Minster, M., Brackin, P., DeVasher, R., Hayes, E., House, R. and Taylor, C., “Sustainability and Professional Identity in Engineering Education,” from the book Higher Education for Sustainability, Routledge Publishing, 107-121, 2013
  • Davis, D., Davis, H., Trevisan, M., McCormack, J., Beyerlein, S. Thompson, P., Howe, S., Leiffer, P., Brackin, P., Gerlick, P. and Harrison, R., “Integrated Design Engineering Assessment and Learning System,” from the book Reflection and Metacognition in College Teaching, Sylus Publishing, 2013

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2016
  • Dedicate Service Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2010
  • Fellow, Kern Family Foundation, 2006-07Rosie Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Athletic Department, 1997/2001

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering, 1997
  • MS, University of Memphis, mathematical sciences, 1988
  • MS, University of Tennessee, nuclear engineering, 1975
  • BS, University of Tennessee, nuclear engineering, 1974