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School of EngineeringOffice: EME 3276
Engineering education research; Interdisciplinary learning and practice; Human-centered design and systems thinking; Qualitative research methods; Educational development for engineering education transformation
Courses & Teaching
Materials Selection and Design
Richard J. Aleong is an engineering education researcher and interdisciplinary design educator who cares about helping all learners discover themselves, their world, and how they can contribute in meaningful ways. Dr. Aleong earned his PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University, where he was recognized for outstanding research, teaching, and service by the School of Engineering Education. His dissertation research investigated the ways that educational developers experience disciplinary perspectives in their work as interdisciplinary professionals. In support of his dissertation research, he was awarded the Donnan Fellowship by the College of Engineering. His research and teaching focuses on interdisciplinary engineering learning, human-centered design and collaboration, and educational development for engineering education transformation. Dr. Aleong earned his MASc and BScE in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Dr. Aleong is committed to designing learning systems and experiences that support all learners in their personal and professional growth.
PhD (Engineering Education) - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
MASc (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) - Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
BScE (Mechanical & Materials Engineering) - Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Research Interests & Projects
- Interdisciplinary learning, practice, and collaboration
- Ways of experiencing disciplinary perspectives for problem framing, integration, and design
- Diversifying engineering knowledge and knowing
- Design-based learning for science teacher education
- Educational development and the scholarship of teaching and learning
Selected Publications & Presentations
Aleong, R. J., Goldstein, M. H. (2020). Balancing curriculum design trade-offs for larger learning goals: A synthesized model. International Journal of Engineering Education, 36(2), 556-567.
Aleong, R. J., Joslyn, C., Adams, R. S. (2018). Capitalizing on surprise and doubt in design experiences. International Journal of Engineering Education, 34(2B), 558-566.
Adams, R. S., Aleong, R. J., Goldstein, M., Solis, F. (2018). Rendering a problem frame as an unfolding co-inquiry process. Design Studies, 57, 37-74.
Aleong, R. J. (2021). Lessons learned: Designing for complexity and ambiguity in total course development from conception to delivery. Proceedings of the 2021 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Long Beach, CA.
Aleong, R. J., Adams, R.S. (2020). A situative understanding of the NGSS science and engineering practices (fundamental). Proceedings of the 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Montreal, QC.
Aleong, R. J., & Strong, D. S. (2015). The development of life-long learning competencies: Positioning students for self-regulation. Proceedings of the 2015 Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Workshops and Presentations
Aleong, R. J., (2021, June). Exploring different ways of experiencing: The integration of qualitative methodology, design methods, and interdisciplinary approaches. Presentation at the 12th Annual International Science of Team Science Conference, Virginia Tech, VA
Aleong R. J., Missingham, D. (2019, June). Beyond active learning techniques: Thinking critically for developing active learning experiences. Workshop presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Association Annual Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.
Aleong, R. J., & Adams, R. S., (2018, October). Being at the border: Fostering cross-cutting frameworks for interdisciplinary collaboration. Roundtable session presented at the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference, Detroit, MI.
Selected Grants & Awards
Hugh W. and Edna M. Donnan Fellowship, College of Engineering, Purdue University
Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Outstanding Service Scholarship, College of Engineering, Purdue University
Ross Fellowship, The Graduate School, Purdue University